Natural Refrigeration Award 2017

Press release


Natural Refrigeration Award 2017 announced

For the seventh time now, eurammon is looking for the three best scientific theses on natural refrigerants for refrigeration applications, air-conditioning applications and heat pumps.


Frankfurt, 01/16/2017 – Every two years, eurammon presents an award for the three best academic theses in the field of natural refrigerants and their areas of application. As a joint initiative between companies, institutions and individuals campaigning for the increased use of natural refrigerants, eurammon uses this emerging talent award to promote young academics – from graduates with bachelor's and master's degrees to Ph.D. students – who further develop the topic of natural refrigerants at the scientific level. The Natural Refrigeration Award includes €5,000 in prize money and will be awarded in 2017 together with the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany and the trade journal CHLAZENÍ from the Czech Republic. Interested parties can submit their application through March 27, 2017.


"The economic and ecological potential of natural refrigerants is enormous. With the Natural Refrigeration Award, we make young scientists more aware of the significance of natural refrigerants," explains Bernd Kaltenbrunner, Chairperson of eurammon. "The award is intended to promote research in the area of natural refrigerants and to actively advance the development of innovative, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient systems," according to Kaltenbrunner.


Graduates and students, including those working toward a Ph.D., at colleges, universities, technical colleges and similar institutions of higher learning, whose academic work has been acknowledged as a bachelor's, master's, doctoral or comparable thesis may apply. The subject of the thesis must concern refrigeration technology with natural refrigerants – such as ammonia, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons or water – and it must have been evaluated between May 2015 and March 2017.


To participate in the Natural Refrigeration Award 2017, applicants must submit an abstract in English, a complete application form and their thesis. A jury composed of international experts in science, business and the media will select the three best theses.


Please find below the call for papers and the application form.

Call for Papers: Natural Refrigeration Award 2017

Natural Refrigerants for a Sustainable Future

eurammon is calling for papers for the Natural Refrigeration Award 2017, which is addressed to outstanding theses and research contributions in the field of natural refrigeration. eurammon is a joint initiative of companies, institutions and individuals who advocate an increased use of natural refrigerants. With the sponsorship of the Natural Refrigeration Award eurammon seeks to facilitate the projects of ambitious young scientists and wishes to motivate them for further research in the field of refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump applications with natural refrigerants. In this year, the award is assigned together with the German university Technische Universität Braunschweig and the Czech trade journal Chlazení.

Eligibility Requirements
eurammon invites all graduates and young scientists of universities, polytechnics, colleges and similar educational institutions to participate, whose scientific paper has been accredited as a doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s thesis, or final paper for a similar degree. The thesis paper has to engage with refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump applications using natural refrigerants – ammonia, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, air or water – and has to be graded between July 2015 and March 2017.

Three prizes will be awarded with a prize money amount of €5,000. In addition, the three award winners will have the opportunity to present their theses or dissertations to the international expert audience of the eurammon Symposium 2017. The award ceremony will take place at the eurammon Symposium on 22nd June, 2017 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The prize winners will be selected by an international jury with experts from science, business and the media. The jury’s decision is final.


Application Documents
1.    Application form (see attachment)
2.    Abstract
Language: English
Length: 1 DIN A4 (standard letter) page (2,500 characters maximum)
Content: Introduction, Problem, Solution, Summary
3.    Thesis paper
eurammon will retain all tendered documents. No costs will be refunded.

Please send the applications for the Natural Refrigeration Award 2017 starting from now until 27th March 2017 to:

Dr. Karin Jahn
Lyoner Strasse 18
60528 Frankfurt
Tel.: +49 (0)69 6603-1277