July 14, 2023

Borealis Scientific Innovation Award open for submissions

As a global industry leader in innovative solutions and technologies, Borealis has already placed sustainability firmly at the core of its business, but the journey towards a sustainable future is still far from over.

BSIA was launched by Borealis to accelerate the circular transformation and drive sustainable progress.

As a global industry leader in innovative solutions and technologies, Borealis has already placed sustainability firmly at the core of its business, but the journey towards a sustainable future is still far from over. Making Borealis’ vision of leading a sustainable transformation by putting innovative plastic and base chemical solutions to work, bringing about a future that is fully circular, a reality requires fresh thinking. In order to further facilitate this transformation, Borealis created the Borealis Scientific Innovation Award (BSIA) that celebrates innovation and gives a platform to ideas with the power to impact the world in a positive way. The goal of the award is to accelerate the circular transformation by encouraging the dedication and diligence needed to drive sustainable progress.

Previously named the Borealis Student Innovation Awards, a competition only open for students that ran for ten years, this year the field has been widened to include academia as well as the scientific community – including start-ups, scale-ups, engineers, and chemical engineers. In doing so, the field of talent and innovative ideas and the possibility for a larger global impact have increased.

Applicants can submit their peer-reviewed scientific publication or thesis presenting novel ideas on one of the three following areas by September 5, 2023:

  • The reduction of greenhouse gasses using renewables
  • Sustainable manufacturing technologies and use of polyolefins
  • Carbon-neutral production of hydrocarbons

Upon submission, a panel of high-level Borealis research representatives will carefully assess the applications and select three winners. The awardees will be contacted about their results on September 18, 2023, and will be invited to present their work in person at the recognition ceremony in the Borealis Innovation Headquarters in Linz, Austria, on October 17, 2023.

The prizes consist of a certificate, a financial award (EUR 5,000 for first place, EUR 2,000 for second place, and EUR 1,000 for third place), a Borealis-financed trip to Linz, Austria and, of course, the invaluable opportunity for exposure and networking.

“The Borealis Scientific Innovation Award provides not only a valuable platform for great minds to be discovered and make a true global impact, but also an opportunity for Borealis to inspire and be inspired through collaborative efforts outside of the company. Together, we can shape the future of the world and encourage the transformation towards a more sustainable, circular model”, says Thomas Gangl, CEO Borealis.

For further information, please see the Borealis Scientific Innovation Award page.


About Borealis
Borealis is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and sustainable polyolefin solutions. In Europe, Borealis is also an innovative leader in polyolefins recycling and a major producer of base chemicals. We leverage our polymer expertise and decades of experience to offer value-adding, innovative and circular material solutions for key industries such as consumer products, energy, healthcare, infrastructure and mobility.

With operations in over 120 countries and head offices in Vienna, Austria, Borealis employs around 6,000 people. In 2022, we generated a net profit of EUR 2.1 billion. OMV, the Austria-based international oil and gas company, owns 75% of our shares. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), owns the remaining 25%.

In re-inventing essentials for sustainable living, we build on our commitment to safety, our people, innovation and technology, and performance excellence. We are accelerating the transformation to a circular economy of polyolefins and expanding our geographical footprint to better serve our customers around the globe. Our operations are augmented by two important joint ventures: Borouge (with ADNOC, headquartered in the UAE); and Baystar™ (with TotalEnergies, based in the US).
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