Fifteen inventors or inventor teams from around the world have been nominated for this year’s Popular Prize.
They are in five categories: Industry, Lifetime achievement, Non-EPO countries, SMEs and Research.Find out more about the finalists
About the invention
The German physicist advanced organic semiconductors by improving their conductivity through a technique called doping. Currently, half of the world's smartphones and many types of solar cells incorporate his technology. He has also founded several companies in a career spanning over 30 years.More details on www.epo.org
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Watch the online award ceremony and discover the Popular Prize winner on 17 June at 19:00 hrs CEST.
The Popular Prize 2021
The European Inventor Award is one of Europe's most prestigious innovation prizes. Launched by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2006, it honours inventors, individuals or teams chosen by a jury whose pioneering work improves our lives, advances technology and creates jobs.
And every year, the public can vote for their favourite inventor: the Popular Prize goes to the shortlisted inventor with the most votes.
The winners in each category, and the winner of the Popular Prize, will be announced at the online Award ceremony on 17 June at 19:00 hrs (CEST).