Unlike most scientific conferences, Faraday Discussions feature work that has not yet been published. Each contributor submits a research paper in advance and presents their work to the assembled delegates, who then have the opportunity to question them about their results. The discussion is written up after the meeting, as a form of live peer review, and is published alongside the original paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Faraday Discussions.
Dr Jo Reynolds, director of science and communities at the Royal Society of Chemistry said:
"The Spiers Memorial Award has a long and distinguished history, with the first prize lecture being delivered in November 1928.
"The list of previous winners includes those working at the cutting edge of physical chemistry – influential and inspirational scientists who are helping to advance science for the benefit of humanity.
"We are proud of the work of all our winners, who represent the best and brightest from our diverse global community, so I extend my sincere congratulations to both of these year's winners."
The Spiers Memorial Award forms part of a portfolio of over 80 prestigious prizes and awards presented by the Royal Society of Chemistry each year. Winners are recognised for the originality and impact of their research, or for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or chemistry education.
Nominations are still open for the majority of 2020 prizes and awards. Find out more and nominate by 15 January 2020.
The full list of 2020 winners will be published in May 2020.