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The ‘SCS Conference on Stereochemistry’, better known as ‘Bürgenstock Conference’, is an outstanding international chemistry meeting of high scientific quality, with an optimal setting for intense inter-disciplinary discussion.

The 54th ‘Bürgenstock Conference’ will take place in Brunnen, May 5-9, 2019 at Seehotel Waldstätterhof Brunnen

Junior Scientists Participation Fellowships - The Scientific Leaders of the next Generation!

Thanks to the Division of Fundamental Research of the Swiss Chemical Society and the support of the industrial participants, every year 12-16 young promising European scientists (including Russia and Israel) at the beginning of their academic careers have received a fellowship to participate to the Bürgenstock conference. The intense interactions between junior and senior scientists have inspired much frontier research and are at the origin of many fruitful scientific collaborations.

The Organizing Committee asks leading scientists, former Presidents of the ‘Bürgenstock Conferences’, as well as Presidents of National Academies of Science to nominate candidates at the beginning of their career (< less than 5 years as independent group leader) for supported participation. The (typically) long list of candidates, complemented by spontaneous applications of interested young researchers, is reviewed by the President together with the Organizing Committee. They select a group of 12-16 junior scientists for support based on scientific excellence and diversity. A successfully completed PhD thesis is a prerequisite for consideration.

Since 2019, to promote early world-wide interactions among leading scientists of the next generation, a maximum of two fellowships each will be attributed to young scientists from North America and Asia/Oceania/Africa respectively. Nominations will be done exclusively by the Bürgenstock speakers from these areas of the last two years. Self-nominations are not possible.

The application for a JSP fellowship should include:

  • a CV
  • a publication list and
  • at least one letter of reference

It should be sent to Prof. Jérôme Waser from the Organizing Committee ()
Deadline: December 1st, 2018.

List of JSP Fellows 2018

Website of the Bürgenstock Conference 2019


David Spichiger, SCS