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European Inventor Award 2021: Meet Some of Today’s Most Inspiring Innovators on June 17th

June 2, 2021
by European Inventor Award

  • Watch the European Inventor Award ceremony online on Thursday, 17 June 2021 at 19:00 CEST 
  • Event broadcast at inventoraward.org will showcase the stories of remarkable scientists and innovators in an all-new format 
  • The public is invited to vote online for their favorite inventor to win the Popular Prize; poll open now at popular-prize.epo.org
  • Winners of the Award in all categories will be revealed during the event

The European Patent Office (EPO) is hosting the first-ever digital edition of the European Inventor Award ceremony on Thursday, June 17, which viewers will be able to watch at inventoraward.org. The ceremony, an important event in the science and innovation calendar, will give audiences around the globe an opportunity to learn about outstanding inventors from Europe and beyond who have devised ingenious solutions to some of today’s most pressing problems. The 15 award finalists have made significant advances in fields ranging from diagnostics and ultrasound imaging to biometrics, sustainable plastic production and wildlife protection.

Awards will be presented to the winners of each of the five categories: Industry, Research, SMEs, Non-EPO countries, and Lifetime achievement, in addition to the winner of the Popular Prize, who is selected by the public. Through short films and interviews, and featuring elements of extended reality, the action-packed ceremony will highlight the stories of these remarkable individuals and teams who through their creativity, hard work and perseverance have pushed the boundaries of innovation to develop inventions that are improving our daily lives.

Public vote is open for the Popular Prize 

The public is invited to vote for their favorite inventor for the European Inventor Award 2021 Popular Prize. While the winners of the Award’s five categories are selected by an independent international jury, it is the public alone that decides who receives the Popular Prize. Voting is easy and open to everyone. Votes can be cast anytime until June 17th at popular-prize.epo.org for inventors or teams of inventors from among this year’s 15 finalists. The winner will be announced during the Award ceremony.

The Finalists of the European Inventor Award 2021 in the Non-European Countries category include:

  • Chinese researchers Bo Pi and Yi He (Chinahave enabled fingerprint sensors in our smartphones to detect both fingerprints and the presence of blood flow – making them much more secure.
  • Kim Lewis and Slava S. Epstein (USA) have developed a device that enables scientists to cultivate previously inaccessible microbes for drug development.
  • Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra has invented a nanomaterial-based dental filler that has brought us more robust, durable and aesthetically pleasing fillings.

About the European Inventor Award

The European Inventor Award is one of Europe’s most prestigious innovation prizes. Launched by the EPO in 2006 and now in its 15th year, it honours individual inventors and teams of inventors whose pioneering inventions provide answers to some of the biggest challenges of our times. The finalists and winners are selected by an independent jury consisting of international authorities from the fields of business, politics, science, academia and research who examine the proposals for their contribution towards technical progress, social development, economic prosperity and job creation in Europe. The Award is conferred in five categories (Industry, Research, SMEs, Non-EPO countries and Lifetime achievement). In addition, the public selects the winner of the Popular Prize from among the 15 finalists through online voting. This year, the Award has been reimagined as a digital ceremony for a global audience, taking place on June 17 at 1:00 PM EDT (19:00 CEST). Viewers can watch the ceremony in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.