Acta Materialia Hollomon Materials & Society

The Acta Materialia, Inc. Hollomon Award for Materials & Society recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the understanding of the relations and the interactions between materials technology and societal interests/needs or contributions to materials technology that have had major impact on society.


With this distinction Acta Materialia, Inc. not only intends to honor outstanding persons but also to improve the awareness of the fundamental importance and diversity of materials research, both within the community and the public at large.

Candidates for this award may be proposed by Sponsoring or Cooperating Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc., by members of the Board of Governors, and by the Editors of Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Scripta Materialia Journals. In addition, the Sponsoring Societies’ annual Materials and Society Lecturer will be an automatic nominee.

Application process

The nomination package should contain

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement by the nominator specifying the candidate’s suitability for the award**
  • Letters of support from up to three established scientists
  • Citation of not more than 30 words

**Please emphasize the nominee’s impact on their research field, rather than the metrics on their publications.

Nominations remain in effect for three years unless withdrawn or re-endorsed, with additional justification, for an additional two-year period. Current members of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors and of the Award Selection Committee are not eligible.

The Award Selection Committee is formed of five judges, themselves distinguished materials scientists.

The Acta Materialia, Inc. Hollomon Award for Materials & Society is awarded each year, unless the judges feel no candidate is qualified. The presentation is made at a venue approved by the Acta Materialia Executive Committee. The Award will not be bestowed in absentia except in extraordinary circumstances.

Nominations should be submitted to the Executive Secretary (Prof. Carolyn Hansson,, as a single file document preferably in PDF or Word format.

Nomination deadline: December 31 of each year


The Hollomon Award for Materials & Society consists of a glass sculpture, an inscribed certificate, and a cash prize of US$10,000.