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Celebrating the individuals behind the inventions that benefit us all: Watch the European Inventor Award 2021 Ceremony


17 Jun 2021 19:00


Innovation & Enterprise

Event Description

The 2021 European Inventor Award winners will be announced at a ceremony beginning at 19:00 CEST on 17 June 2021, which has this year been reimagined as a digital event for a global audience. The ceremony will be open to the public and held in an extended reality format at

"The past year has highlighted more than ever the importance of scientists, researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs in advancing technology and improving our lives," said EPO President António Campinos. "This year's finalists for the European Inventor Award 2021 are shining examples of the ingenuity and creativity that support technological progress and pave the way for job creation and economic growth. Each of the exceptional finalists is a trailblazer in their respective field, and has made a tangible contribution to overcoming some of society's most pressing challenges, from turning carbon emissions into a resource to broadening our pool of antibiotics and more".

The 2021 finalists come from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They were selected from a pool of nearly 400 inventors and teams of inventors by an independent, international jury. The pool itself was proposed by members of the public, representatives of national patent offices across Europe, and EPO staff.

Their inventions cover a range of fields including disease diagnosis, biometrics, DNA storage, solar power, offshore access, bacteria cultivation, tissue engineering, RNA analysis, nasal drug delivery, longline fishing bycatch solutions and organic semiconductors. All of the finalists have made use of the European patent system to protect their technologies, and in so doing, enabling other researchers and inventors to build on their innovations.

The European Inventor Award is one of Europe's most prestigious innovation prizes. Launched by the EPO in 2006, it honours individual inventors and teams of inventors whose pioneering inventions provide answers to some of the biggest challenges of our times. The finalists and winners are selected by an independent jury consisting of international authorities from the fields of business, politics, science, academia and research who examine the proposals for their contribution towards technical progress, social development, economic prosperity and job creation in Europe.

The Award is conferred in five categories (Industry, Research, SMEs, Non-EPO countries and Lifetime achievement). In addition, the public selects the winner of the Popular Prize from among the 15 finalists through online voting.


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