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Each year since 1989, the European SEMI Award is presented to a person or team who has made a significant contribution to the European semiconductor, micro-systems, photovoltaic, and display industries.

The call for nomination is now open! 

We encourage you to nominate an eligible candidate. This award, which demonstrates the industry's high esteem for the recipient, will be presented at SEMICON Europa 2021

If you know of a person or a group who has made a significant contribution to the semiconductor equipment and/or materials industry, please submit your nominations by 16 May 2021.

European SEMI Award Guidelines (including: Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Areas for Consideration)

To nominate a person or a team for the European SEMI Award, please use this Nomination Form / Alternate Nomination Form (pdf) 


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European SEMI Award Honors KU Leuven, TU Dresden and CEA-Leti for Key Chip Industry Contributions

BERLIN, Germany ─ February 15, 2021 ─ The Catholic University of Leuven, Technical University of Dresden and CEA-Leti have won the 2019 European SEMI Award at the SEMI Technology Unites Global Summit for their pivotal contributions in the fields of telecommunications and nanotechnology. The award winners’ pioneering research and collaboration with academia and industry led to major advances in semiconductor technologies and their market adoption.

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SEMI European Award Recipients

  • 2019: Willy Sansen, the Catholic University of Leuven
  • 2019: Gerhard Fettweis, the Technische Universität Dresden, and 
  • 2019: Special Service Award: Jean-Frédéric Clerc, CEA-Leti
  • 2018: Joël Hartmann, Executive VP of STMicroelectronics, Digital & Smart Power Technology and Digital Front-End Manufacturing
  • 2018: Special Service Award: Mart Graef, Strategic Program Manager on the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
  • 2017: Bernard Aspar, Soitec; Jean-Pierre Raskin, UCL
  • 2017: Special Service Award: Dr. Andreas Wild, executive director, ECSEL
  • 2016: Rolf Aschenbrenner, Fraunhofer IZM, Eric Beyne, imec and Gilles Poupon, CEA-LETI  
  • 2015: Paul Lindner, EV Group
  • 2014: Albert Theuwissen, CEO, Harvest Imaging
  • 2013: Benedetto Vigna, STMicroelectronics
  • 2012: Dr. Franz Auerbach, Dr. Gerald Deboy, Dr. Hans Weber und Dr. Reinhard Ploss, Infineon
  • 2011: Tibor Pavelka, Semilab
  • 2010: Herbert Reichl, Fraunhofer Institut IZM
  • 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Woditsch, Deutsche Solar
  • 2009: Holger Juergensen, Aixtron
  • 2009 Special Service Award: Enrico Villa, STMicroelectronics
  • 2008: Gilbert Declerck, IMEC
  • 2007: Michael Toepper, Fraunhofer IZM
  • 2006: Martin van den Brink, ASML and Winfried Kaiser, Carl Zeiss.
  • 2006 Special Service Award: Sir Robin Saxby, ARM
  • 2005: Dr Horst Reichardt, DAS
  • 2004: Dr Tuomo Suntola
  • 2003: Dr Carola Bläsing, Leica.
  • 2003 Special Service Award: Joël Monnier, STMicroelectronics
  • 2002: Franz Sumnitsch, SEZ
  • 2001: Robert Falster, MEMC
  • 2000: Dr. Peter Kücher and Horia Grecu, Semiconductor 300
  • 2000 Special Service Award: Willem Maris, ASML
  • 1999: Dr.André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, Soitec. Michel Bruel, CEA-LETI
  • 1998: Karl Nicklaus, ESEC
  • 1997 Hans-Georg Betz, STEAG. Diethard Huber, Wacker Siltronic
  • 1996: Dr Peter Eichinger, GeMeTec.
  • 1996 Special Service Award: Eric Kamerbeek, ASMI
  • 1995: Bruno Murari, ST Microelectronics
  • 1994: Prof. Dr. Roger Van Overstraeten, IMEC
  • 1993: Heinrich Walk, AST
  • 1992: Dr Winfried Süss, Karl Süss
  • 1992 Special Service Award: Guilio Grata, European Commission
  • 1991: Jacques Trotel, Elisa
  • 1990: Dr. Steve Wittekoek, ASML
  • 1989: Prof. Dr Jürgen Warnecke, Fraunhofer Institut