The Piaget Scientific Award
Piaget and the EPFL reward innovation
Introduced in 2017, this award will reward a candidate whose topic presents a particularly innovative research result and paves the way for major technological progress in the field of miniaturisation. The competition is established in partnership with the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and is open to anyone having earned a doctorate relating to this field within the last two years.
An international committee of five members has been set up to designate the competition winner. It is headed by Professor Yves Bellouard, who has since January 2015 been heading the Richemont Chair within the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at the EPFL. He will be joined on the committee by Professor Haixia Zhang from Peking University, Beijing, China; Professor Joost J. Vlassak from Harvard University, USA; Mr Edouard Mignon, Director Research & Innovation Richemont; and Mr Rémi Jomard, Director Development & Innovation Piaget.
Founded in 1874, Piaget has for over 60 years been writing some of the finest pages in the history of ultra-thin movements. That is precisely why it is now launching the Piaget Scientific Award dedicated to miniaturisation – a vast domain encompassing cutting-edge micro-production technologies, the study of materials’ behaviour on very small scales, smart materials adapted to micromechanical engineering, miniaturisation in mechanical design, innovative micro-assembly technologies, small-scale tribology, as well as all the scientific advancements serving to accelerate innovations in this field.
The winner will receive a trophy as well as one-year post-doctoral scholarship funded by Piaget, during which they will have the opportunity of pursuing their work in cooperation with an EPFL laboratory. This prize will be officially awarded in January 2018 at the SIHH.