Hygienic Study Award 2018

Since its inception in 2009, the Hygienic Study Award has honoured the next generation of researchers and scientists by promoting science and research in the field of hygienic processing. Knowledge and research resulting from the award are an added value which will contribute to the advancement of Hygienic Design worldwide and which will encourage the development of an international community in this important topic.

The award acknowledges three remarkable, innovative and high-quality diploma, bachelor's, master's and PhD's theses. Such studies should e.g. highlight the hygienic engineering and design of machinery and equipment, best practices in material usage and material surfaces under hygienic aspects as well as the general field of fouling and cleaning of food-related materials, food contact materials, tailored surfaces and the attachment of microbial species.


Target groups: full or part-time BSc, MSc, PhD or diploma students registered in an internationally recognised University or College, who are the lead authors and directly responsible for the main content of the work presented in the abstract.

Theses and language: Theses should be excellent and preferably written in the English language. If submitted in another language, please attach an extensive English summary. The studies submitted should not be older than two years and will be evaluated by an international jury. Participation is free of charge.

Awards location: The EHEDG World Congress 2018 in London will be the appropriate framework for the Hygienic Study Award 2018. Finalists will have free admission to the congress and will, optionally, be invited to give a short presentation during the awards ceremony.


The awards remuneration is generously funded by the VDMA (German Engineering Federation):

1st prize: EUR 1,000.00

2nd prize: EUR 500.00

3rd prize: EUR 250.00

All winners will receive:

  • free admission to the EHEDG World Congress on Hygienic Engineering & Design 2018 in London

  • reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs (kindly sponsored by EHEDG)


Download the application form and send it together with your thesis and - if required - an extended summary to hsa@ivv-dresden.fraunhofer.de.

Submission Deadline & Selection Procedures:

The submission deadline for all entries will be 30 June 2018.

The Jury will evaluate all the entries and select the winners. All participants will be notified of their result by the HSA Organisation Office before 30 September 2018. Evaluation criteria will be: thematic complexity, degree of innovation, feasibility, methodology and scientific approach, comprehensibility and layout of the thesis. Data privacy will be ensured.

The winners of the Hygienic Study Award will be honoured at an awards ceremony during the EHEDG World Congress on Hygienic Engineering & Design 2018 from 21 to 22 November 2018 in London.