ZwickRoell Science Award

For 10 years now, the ZwickRoell Science Award has been recognizing current, outstanding scientific work that makes a valuable contribution to broadening the understanding of mechanical testing in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. In discussions with scientists, we repeatedly gain valuable insights into the areas of material and component testing in which research progress is currently being made. In addition to many well-known topics, we are also excited to learn about material testing machines being used in uncommon contexts. These findings also help us to better serve our customers in the future.

ZwickRoell 2020 Science Award

Have you published outstanding scientific papers in the area of materials testing? ZwickRoell awards this recognition to authors of scientific papers on the most innovative use of materials testing machines. The submission deadline is 2021, February 15th.


  • First place: Paul Roell Medal and €5,000
  • Second place: €2,000
  • Third place: €1,000

For more information about the ZwickRoell Science Award, download the Science Award 2020.
We look forward to receiving your submission.

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Who can participate?
Any author of a scientific paper (no matter if she/he is still at the university or research institute).

What scientific works can be submitted?
You can participate with nearly every work, e.g. research or conference articles, posters and scientific papers. You are allowed to submit more than one work.

What kind of document should I send if I want to participate?
The paper (max. 15 pages), conference article or poster, a short CV and if available pictures and/or videos.

What kind of document should I send if my work is a master thesis?
As our panel of judges is not able to read a full thesis, a paper is always preferred. If the author is able to make a summary in English of not more than 10 pages summarizing the “materials testing” part of the thesis it will be accepted too.

Can I only participate when a ZwickRoell testing machines was used?

No, every brand of materials testing machines can be used in the scientific work.

How old can the paper be?
If the content of your work is still of actual interest, the publication may date back to 2014.

How will the winners be determined?
A panel of judges (ZwickRoell experts committee and 3 internationally acknowledged professors) will nominate the winners.

Award ceremony
The ZwickRoell Science Award 2020 winners will be honored during the ZwickRoell Academia Day 2021.
ZwickRoell is bearing all travel and accommodation expenses of the winners to participate the rewarding ceremony.

Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

At the Universität Erlangen a classic biaxial machine with four electromechanical drives generates a multi-axis stress state and evaluates it optically using DIC technology. Additional stress states are created by the respective specimen geometries.
Uni Erlangen

Technische Universität Dresden

One of the main focuses of the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology at TU Dresden is researching the failure mechanisms of fiber-reinforced composites. Aided by a computer tomography (CT) system, the group examines the formation of cracks under defined stress states at the institute. To help with this project, ZwickRoell built a 250 kN machine with a 1,000-Nm torque motor large enough to accommodate a CT scanner.

University of Oxford

In Oxford, scientists are busy researching silk. In addition to understanding the fascinating mechanical properties of silk, these researchers are also interested in its production. A silkworm's cocoon is traditionally unraveled to collect the silk. To demonstrate an alternative option, Beth Mortimer's group selected the following approach.


ZwickRoell Science Award - Oxford University

In Oxford, scientists are busy researching silk. In addition to understanding the fascinating mechanical properties of silk, these researchers are also interested in its production.