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Nutreco Young Researchers Prize

To mark our 25th anniversary, Nutreco has launched a Young Researchers Prize. The Prize will be awarded to the most promising research by PhD and post-doctorate students working globally across animal, aquaculture and veterinary sciences. Any research relevant to this field, such as economics or big data, is also eligible. 

The prize recognises outstanding research efforts to address the increasingly important challenge of generating enough food for the world’s growing population. The solutions to this challenge will have to be systemic and sustainable, encompassing the various different farming systems on our planet.

“Nutreco was founded 25 years ago to help develop solutions to meet the growing demand for high quality protein,” said Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans. “We want to mark that milestone by recognising the efforts of talented researchers who share our vision in unearthing new solutions for Feeding the Future, which has been our company mission for many years. We hope this prize will stimulate promising young researchers to keep working towards this goal.”

Prize details

The Nutreco Young Researchers Prize consists of:

  • First place, with a cash prize of €12,000
  • Second place, with a cash prize of €8,000
  • Third place, with a cash prize of €5,000

The award applications need to be submitted in one of the following categories:

Precision Farming: Precision – or smart – farming means that plants or animals are grown in optimal conditions, determined with great accuracy by harnessing digital tools and big data. A range of technology is used to this end, including GPS, sensor technology, ICT and robotics. Technology can assist in strategic decision-making at farm level as well as with operational actions at plant level. This allows production to be optimised and we can thus work on more sustainable farming systems.

Precision nutrition is a method that proposes the customisation of nutrition, with nutritional decisions, practices, or products tailored to individual or small groups of animals with similar requirements.

Young Animal Nutrition: Nutrition of the mother pre-birth or hatch and of the offspring in early life impacts their lifetime health and performance. It is therefore essential to optimise the neonatal phase (first days or weeks of life). Young animals not only need proper nutrition for the growth and development of bones, muscles, and organs, but also for proper development of, for example, the gastrointestinal defence system. 

Animal Health & Welfare: Animals are especially sensitive during critical transition phases such as weaning, reproductive periods and relocation to other environments. Dietary strategies can contribute to disease resistance and resilience in animals, and thereby reduce the need for antibiotics and other treatments. Nutrition affects the gastrointestinal functioning of the gut in many aspects and has a significant impact on the intestinal microbiome, the intestinal barrier function and the development of immune competence. In addition, assuring overall well-being and an absence of stress will have a positive influence on disease resistance. Adopting new strategies in animal health are expected to contribute to reducing the need for non-sustainable solutions such as antimicrobials.

Submission process

To be considered, young researchers must be nominated by a professor or supervisor at their place of study through a letter of support. 

Entrants should also send a CV and an article about their chosen study, a submission to a conference or a summary of their thesis. The document, which should be no longer than three A4s, should include the following information:

  • Which category the submission is in
  • What the proposal is
  • How the proposal will work
  • How the proposal supports our mission of Feeding the Future
  • Any other relevant information for the judging panel

Selection criteria will be based on:

  • Quality PhD or post-doctorate research
  • Innovativeness
  • Sustainability of the proposal
  • High quality and value for agri- and aquaculture industries.

Deadline: The final submission date for researchers is December 9, 2019. The prizes will be awarded in person in Europe in early 2020. There will be a traveling budget for the nominees to attend the award ceremony.

The judging panel consists of leading experts in the field of sustainable nutritional solutions including Nutreco’s heads of Research & Development, Leo den Hartog, Alex Obach, and Coen Smits, in addition to Viggo Halseth, Chief Innovation Officer Nutreco and José Villalón, Corporate Sustainability Director Nutreco.

For more information or any further questions, please contact Nutreco via the corpcomm@nutreco.com mailbox.


Our stance on soy

Nutreco, through its divisions Skretting (aquaculture) and Trouw Nutrition (animal nutrition), purchases soy each year as a raw ingredient for our animal and aqua feed products. Some of this is purchased from Brazil. Whilst we have no reason to believe that soybean farmers in our supply chain hold any responsibility for the fires in the Amazon, we are actively conducting an internal review with the aim of ensuring the soy we buy in deforestation-risk geographies is conversion-free or certified deforestation free. This review may result in prioritizing soy purchases out of high-risk sectors. 

We believe that companies within our industry play an important role in ensuring raw materials are farmed in a sustainable way and we are committed to doing our part. Wherever possible, we always work with NGOs and reputable international organizations to ensure the raw materials we source are sustainable and farmed with as little impact as possible on the planet. In addition, our divisions Skretting and Trouw Nutrition have transition plans in place to meet deforestation targets by 2025 set-out by FEFAC. Supply chain diversification, development of alternative ingredients and risk minimization have been, and will continue to be, a focus for Nutreco.

Nutreco's Sustainability Report 2018

Nutreco published its first ever-online Sustainability Report, as part of our ongoing commitment to putting sustainability at the heart of everything Nutreco does.

The 2018 report outlines our innovative approach to tackling the challenges of sustainability. Punctuated throughout with testimonials from our stakeholders, the report highlights the work being done by our people to drive Nutreco’s mission of “Feeding the Future”. Bringing words to life through a wide range of visual assets, this online Sustainability Report is also complete with interactive features to encourage dialogue between readers and our company.

Read our Sustainability Report 2018 here.

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