The Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium

We close every edition of the Reaxys PhD Prize with a symposium that showcases the finalists’ incredible work. It is a celebratory gathering and a great opportunity for the new Prize Club members to introduce themselves.


Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium 2019

The 2019 finalists of the Reaxys PhD Prize were invited to showcase their research at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium, which was held in Amsterdam on October 3 and 4. The venue for the event was The Koepelkerk, a beautiful 17th century domed church in the heart of the city.

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Events at the 2019 Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium included:

  • A poster session where all 45 finalists were invited to present their research
  • Talks by 10 shortlisted finalists
  • Keynote presentations by Prof Véronique Gouverneur, University of Oxford, Prof Dawen Niu (Reaxys PhD Prize winner 2014), Sichuan University, and Dr Andy Chapman (Reaxys PhD Prize finalist 2011)
  • The awards ceremony honoring the three winners
  • A gala dinner

Find out more about the event, the winners and the excellent presentations in this article, Remembering the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium 2019.


The symposium is generally in September or October. As part of the commitment to a global reach, previous symposia have been held around the world, in Shanghai (2017), London (2016), Hong Kong (2015), Grindlewald in Switzerland (2013 and 2014), Philadelphia (2012), Bangkok (2011) and Nürnberg (2010).

Below is a selection of photographs from Reaxys PhD Prize Symposiums:

Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium 2017 – Shanghai

PhD Prize Symposium group picture - Reaxys 2017 | Elsevier

Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium winners photo | Elsevier

PhD Prize Symposium break photo - Reaxys 2017 | Elsevier

Yan Mei - Reaxys 2017 | Elsevier

Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium 2016 – London

PhD Prize Symposium group shot - Reaxys 2016 | Elsevier

PhD Prize Symposium Venue - Reaxys 2016 | Elsevier

PhD Prize Symposium Posters - Reaxys 2016 | Elsevier

PhD Prize Symposium winners - Reaxys 2016 | Elsevier

Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium 2015 – Hong Kong