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IDF Professor Pavel Jelen Early Career Scientist Prize

DATE: September 12, 2022

IDF is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award and prize for ‘early-career’ scientists and/or technologists to recognize their work in the dairy science and technology field – The IDF Professor Pavel Jelen Early Career Scientist Prize. The award has been named in honor of Professor Pavel (Paul) Jelen, a Czech born scientist who has spent his career based in Canada and the US, developing academic work on Dairy Food Science and Technology, and encouraging, mentoring, and educating students and early-career scientists and technologists, and who recognizes the importance of communication.

Purpose of the award

The award and prize will provide an opportunity for awardees to showcase their work at the annual IDF World Dairy Summit (WDS), and thus provide opportunities for further education and mentoring, and to enhance employment opportunities and options.  It will also allow awardees to observe the business and operational workings of IDF.

IDF is now inviting qualifying early-career scientists/technologists (students or those < 3 years since graduation for the highest earned degree attained) to submit for this Award and Prize.  Submissions must address scientific and/or technological aspects in which IDF has an interest and a remit, including one or more of the following:

  • Dairy science and technology, including processing and dairy ingredients
  • Sustainability
  • Standards of identity and labeling
  • Dairy food additives, contaminants, residues, and processing aids, including analytical methods
  • Dairy microbiology and dairy food safety, including hygiene, microbiological analytical methods, and global harmonization of methods
  • Dairy product composition, including analytical methods for components
  • Nutrition and health

How to submit your work

Submissions must include a written abstract (< 1,000 words) and a short (< 4 min) video, both in the English language. The abstract must cover the research project and include title, author/s and affiliation/s, background and context, objective/s, materials and methods, results, interpretation and importance of results, conclusions, and the relevance of the work to global dairy trends, using these sub-headings. The video submission must include a 3 min on the research project and a 1 min on the applicant, including their career to date, what direction they wish to go in the future; and the relevance of IDF in this future.

This can be submitted via emailing [email protected] by 31 May, with all of your documents via wetransfer.

The award will include first, second and third placegetters, and all qualifying applicants will be invited to present posters at the WDS.  The first, second, and third placegetters will also be invited to provide a short (10 min) oral overview of their work at the WDS thus providing a great forum to showcase their work in front of a global dairy audience.  In the case of the first placegetter, the award and prize will require that they attend the WDS in person (or virtually if there is a hybrid or no in-person event).

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