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Kelly Prize

Note: Nominations submitted by the previous deadline (30th October 2020) will be carried through and no new nominations are being accepted.

The Kelly Prize will be awarded by ICCM in recognition of outstanding contribution to the science, engineering, or technical innovation with influence on industrial practice, for any type of composites. The ICCM Kelly Prize will be presented during the 23rd International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM‐23), to be held in Belfast (United Kingdom), 2023. ICCM encourages nominations from all sections of the composites community, including government, industry and academia. Candidates should identify with an ICCM member nation and preference will be given to candidates at an early stage of their professional career, normally less than 15 years of working in the fields of composites, at the deadline date for the prize nomination. A panel selected among the members of the ICCM Executive Council will assess the nominations and identify the candidate whose work has made the most significant academic or industrial impact. It is expected that the recipient of the prize will give a plenary conference presentation during ICCM‐23, named the “Kelly” lecture. All recipient expenses related to participation in ICCM‐23 will be covered by ICCM**and the recipient will also receive a certificate in recognition of the prize.

Nominations should take the form of –two recommendation letters (one from an ICCM member and one from an individual familiar with the work of the candidate) accompanied by the CV of the nominee; –a (not more than) two–page summary of their work and main career achievements. Candidates are encouraged to make reference to five significant and relevant publications, patents and/or other publicly available information on their work in their two–page submission.

All documents are to be submitted to the relevant regional vice presidents by no later than October 30, 2020, by e‐mail (Subject: ICCM Kelly Prize Nomination):

Region 1 (Europe and Africa): Prof. Ole Thomsen, [email protected]
Region 2 (Asia and Australasia): Prof. Jinsong Leng ,[email protected]
Region 3: (North and South Americas) Dr. Sayata Ghose, [email protected]


Tsai Award

The Tsai award will be given for the best student paper presented at ICCM 23. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, provided that he or she is enrolled at a university at the time of submitting the abstract, and is the first author and presenter of the paper.

Two regional finalists will be selected from each of the three ICCM world regions and invited to present their papers in a special session named “Tsai Best Student Paper” in Belfast. The winner will receive a free ticket for the ICCM 23 banquet where they will be presented with the award and a USD500 money prize. The selection will be based on both the quality of the paper and the presentation. Those submissions that are not selected to present at the Tsai Best Student Paper session will be treated as a regular paper submitted to the conference.

Application procedure
Those students whose Abstract has been accepted for a full oral presentation will be eligible to apply for the Tsai Award. When uploading the abstract, eligible students will have the option of selecting whether they would like to be considered for the award. They must also upload a support letter from their primary supervisor including confirmation of the applicant’s student status on the abstract submission date, on their institution’s letterheaded paper and stamped with an official University stamp. Students will also be obliged to upload a personal statement (not exceeding 250 words) outlining why they believe they should be considered for the award.

Selection Guidelines
The technical merit of the work is the most important. The papers will be judged on the clarity and conciseness of the statement of the objectives of the work, and the clarity and conciseness of the statement of the approaches, procedures, and methodologies for achieving these objectives.

A summary of important conclusions should be included, and these should be substantiated. The significance of the findings, how they contribute to the state of the art, and how they relate to the work of other investigators should be easily determined from the writing.

Effective use of tables and figures, and ease of understanding them, including units, dimensions, legends, labels, symbol and line types and colours, etc., will be considered.

Presentation quality including clarity, organization, audio-visual quality, and timing will also be assessed on the day.

ICCM Poster Prize

A number of delegates will be selected to present their work through the display of a poster and the delivery of a five minute overview of their work (mini oral presentation) which will be scheduled thematically in the same sessions as the full oral presentations. 

To acknowledge the importance of this approach to the dissemination of research outcomes, the ICCM 23 Local Organising Committee, will be hosting a Poster Prize. Selected members of the ICCM Executive committee will judge the posters and a decision to select an overall winner will be reached by consensus.   

The winner will receive a free ticket for the ICCM 23 banquet where they will be presented with the award and USD250 money prize 

Selection Guidelines
The posters will be judged for both the technical merit reported in the work and the clarity and succinctness in which the central research idea is conveyed to the audience, preferably to generate discussion.  

There are numerous guidelines, available online, which will help you create a good poster. The following serve as a good starting point: 

  • Use a short title that attracts interest. 
  • Use a large font and keep the amount of text to a minimum (use bullet points when possible). As a general rule, no more than 300-600 words. 
  • Don’t use full justification for your text. Left justification is easier on the eye. 
  • Make effective use of graphics and colour. 
  • Stick to one central idea that you wish to convey.  
  • Include all acknowledgement of sources. 









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