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2018 Air Liquide
Scientific Challenge

Inventiveness, curiosity, collective intelligence, and entrepreneurial spirit are at the heart of Air Liquide’s innovation approach. That means developing cooperation with the international scientific community (academics, technology institutes, startups, private R&D…): this is why we have launched a Scientific Challenge.

This second edition, called #2018AirLiquideScientificChallenge, embarks the scientific community to innovate through the Essential Small Molecules and develop new applications on three topics related to improving air quality for the people and preventing climate change for the planet.

A webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Paris time). It's the opportunity to learn about the challenge details directly from NineSigma and representatives from Air Liquide. A majority of the webinar will be dedicated to a live Q&A session. Register now!

Discover the #2018 Scientific Challenge

Challenge areas

We are looking to contribute to a more sustainable world through Essential Small Molecules. They are at the core of present and future environmental challenges, such as the strong growth in the global population and ever greater demand for food and transportation. Trends are not set to be reversed and to tackle these issues, we have to ask some basic questions: how can we do more, more efficiently – and without polluting? How can we do more and pollute less?

Since its foundation, Air Liquide has developed technologies around Essential Small Molecules, the scientific territory of its activities. Thanks to this unique expertise and its dynamic R&D, the Group takes on the major challenges facing our society. Air Liquide harnesses its innovation ecosystems to improve air quality for the people and prevent climate change for the planet.

Essential Small Molecules are vital for a sustainable world

If you would like to participate, please register on our dedicated platform by clicking on link below!

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Air Liquide Scientific Challenge

Good to know

Your entry must be written in English (optionally in French), and should address the following:

  • Description of the proposed design and its improvement over the current standard
  • Supporting data if available
  • The experience and background of the main investigator (including a short CV of principal investigator / team leader)
  • Supplementary files if desired

To support their submission, participants will submit a completed  written solution template, highlighting the scientific approach and demonstration path retained to validate the feasibility of the proposed solution and its applications. Images and videos (with links if needed) can be part of the proposal; they should either be the participants own creations and free of third-party intellectual property.

What’s at stake

A jury composed of Air Liquide Experts and Senior Managers, along with external world-renowned scientists, will select the laureates who will be awarded a scientific prize of €50,000 in cash each, and a total funding of €1.5 million in joint collaborations with Air Liquide to mature their scientific proposals and transform them into innovative market technologies.