17th Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium

 Namur, Belgium    July 5-10, 2020

Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis

Nomination Criteria

The Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis is awarded every other year by Janssen Research & Development LLC in conjunction with the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium to an organic chemist who has made a significant contribution to the field of organic synthesis. The prize consists of a medal, a citation as well as 20.000 Euros.


Nomination of scientists of public or private universities, government institutions or industry / pharmaceutical companies will be taken into consideration based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates should be under the age of 50 years old when the jury makes its decision.
  • Members of the Prize Jury cannot be candidates, nor can they propose candidates.
  • Candidates cannot be suggested by Janssen employees.
  • The prize cannot be given twice to the same person.


  • Nominations must be submitted using the attached form and sent via e-mail to the secretary of the jury, Dr. Lieven Meerpoel at together with the Curriculum vitae, the list of selected publications and two supporting letters.
  • Nomination deadline: 31 December 2019.
  • Nominations are confidential.
  • The Janssen Prize will be announced at the 2020 BOSS XVII Symposium (July 5 – 10, 2020) and in the scientific press.


  • The Janssen Prize Jury is comprised of the President and seven members who are experts in the field of organic chemistry.
  • The President is appointed for six years and cannot be re-elected.
  • Two members of the jury are replaced every other year by two new members, taking into account seniority, diversity and geographical distribution.
  • At least one member of the jury is of Belgian nationality or is employed full time in Belgium.
  • The jury votes by mail. The jury’s award decision will be submitted to the Janssen R&D Discovery Chemistry leadership team, which will approve and formally announce the name of the award winner.

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Awardees of the Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis

  • 2018 - D. Toste (University of California, US)
  • 2016 - D. MacMillan (Princeton University, US)
  • 2014 - J.F. Hartwig (UC Berkeley, US)
  • 2012 - I. Marek (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, IL)
  • 2010 - E. Jacobsen (Harvard University, US)
  • 2008 - A. Fürstner (MPI für Kohlenforschung, DE)
  • 2004 - P. Knochel (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, DE)
  • 2002 - D. Boger (Scripps Institute, US)
  • 2000 - F. Diederich (ETH Zürich, CH)
  • 1998 - D.P. Curran (University of Pittsburgh, US)
  • 1996 - S. Ley (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • 1994 - K.C. Nicolaou (Scripps Research Institute and University of California, US)
  • 1992 - P.D. Magnus (Texas University, US)
  • 1990 - B.M. Trost (Stanford University, US)
  • 1988 - J.E. Baldwin (Oxford University, UK)
  • 1986 - K.B. Sharpless (MIT, US)