BASF Science Competition Addresses Global Lightweight Challenges

Feb. 20, 2015
Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian Ph.D. students and young researchers.

BASF’s North American Science Competition aims to solve the following challenge: What chemistries can be used to create lightweight solutions with improved end of life management? Open to Ph.D. students and young researchers in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), in teams of two to four participants, the competition encourages innovative and game-changing ideas that address global lightweight challenges in three areas: food, smart energy and urban living.

The top five teams will be awarded $5,000 to present their proof-of-concepts to BASF executives June 4 and 5 in Florham Park, N.J. The winning team will win an all-expense paid trip to the BASF International Summer Course in Ludwigshafen, Germany in August.

"We're looking to move from a cradle to grave mentality to a cradle to cradle mentality," says Elvira Stesikova, Ph.D. MBA, BASF Project Manager. "We see an increased demand for innovative lightweight solutions that can tackle many of these challenges and pave the way to a sustainable future."

Proposals will be accepted until March 18, 2015. 

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