The International Dairy Federation (IDF) is thrilled to announce the winners of the “IDF Professor Pavel Jelen Early Career Scientist Prize.” This prestigious award recognizes the exceptional work of scientists and technologists in the dairy science and technology field, specifically targeting “early-career” individuals, including graduate and postgraduate students who have graduated within three years of their highest degree.
Named in honor of Professor Pavel (Paul) Jelen, an esteemed Czech-born Canadian scientist and educator who dedicated his career to dairy science and technology research, as well as mentoring and educating young scientists and technologists, the Prize exemplifies the importance of open communication in the field.
The high-quality applications received underwent a rigorous evaluation process by a distinguished panel of judges comprising experts from various disciplines related to dairy science and technology. The judges were drawn from several standing committees of IDF.
Without further ado, IDF proudly presents the winners of the “IDF Professor Pavel Jelen Early Career Scientist Prize 2023”:
First Prize: Davor Daniloski
Second Prize: Grace Lewis
Third Prize: Gunvantsinh Rathod
Davor Daniloski, the first-place winner, is recognized for his groundbreaking research on the potential impact of β-casein phenotype on the structure-function relationship of milk and dairy products.
Grace Lewis, the second-place winner, has made remarkable advancements in optimizing the formation of casein micelle nanoparticles using high-pressure homogenization and processing aids.
Gunvantsinh Rathod, the third-place winner, has introduced a novel approach using fibrillated whey proteins to enhance the functionality of milk protein concentrate and non-fat dry milk.
Each winner will receive a prestigious award acknowledging their remarkable achievements. Davor Daniloski, the first-place winner, will be granted an honorarium of €400. Grace Lewis and Gunvantsinh Rathod, the second and third-place winners respectively, will each receive a printed certificate recognizing their outstanding achievements. They will also be awarded an honorarium of €200 each.
The three winners will be invited to the IDF World Dairy Summit 2023 to be held in Chicago, USA from 16 to 19 October 2023. There, they will have the opportunity to present their work as a poster and as a short oral presentation. They will also have the chance to meet Professor Pavel Jelen himself.
Presenting their work at the annual World Dairy Summit will provide both candidates and awardees with an invaluable platform to showcase their research and expertise, fostering opportunities for further education, mentoring, and employment in the dairy sector.
“We firmly believe that this prize will inspire and incentivize candidates to dedicate their careers to addressing dairy-related issues, empowering a new generation of scientists and technologists committed to advancing dairy science and technology. Through their efforts, we aim to enhance the quality, safety, and nutritional value of milk and dairy products,” stated Dr. Geoffrey Smithers, a member of the IDF Standing Committee on Dairy Science and Technology and Chair of the Prize judging panel.
IDF extends its gratitude to all the participants and extends heartfelt congratulations to the winners for their outstanding performance.
Find out more about this year’s IDF Pavel Jelen Early Career Scientist Prize here.