Linneborn Prize nominations open!

Nominations for the Johannes Linneborn Prize are due by 21 January 2020.
The prize will be delivered during the Opening session of EUBCE 2020.

Linnerborn Prize history

The Linneborn Prize is awarded every year to an individual for outstanding merits in biomass.

The Prize was established in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. The Prize is named in honour of Johannes Linneborn, a pioneer of wood gasification. Deeply rooted in human ethics, he had far-reaching visions on the world’s development, on health, transport and agriculture.

The Awarded International Personalities 1994-2019

1994: Giuliano Grassi – 8th European Bioenergy Conference – Vienna
1996: Ralph Overend – 9th European Bionergy Conference – Copenhagen
1998: David Hall – 10th European Biomass Conference – Wurzburg
2000: Ton Beenackers – 11th European Biomass Conference – Seville
2002: Philippe Chartier – 12th European Biomass Conference – Amsterdam
2004: Spyros Kyritsis – 13th European Biomass Conference – Rome
2005: Wolfgang Palz – 14th European Biomass Conference – Paris
2007: Tony Bridgwater – 15th European Biomass Conference – Berlin
2008: José Roberto Moreira – 16th European Biomass Conference – Valencia
2009: Bryan M. Jenkins – 17th European Biomass Conference – Hamburg
2010: Kyriakos Maniatis – 18th European Biomass Conference – Lyon
2011: Kai Sipilä – 19th European Biomass Conference – Berlin
2012: Hermann Hofbauer – 20th European Biomass Conference – Milano
2013: Liisa Viikari – 21st European Biomass Conference – Copenhagen
2013: Wim Van Swaaij – Special Award – 21st European Biomass Conference – Copenhagen
2014: Yuan Zhenhong – 22nd European Biomass Conference – Hamburg
2015: Andrè Faaij – 23rd European Biomass Conference – Vienna
2016: John (Jack) Saddler – 24th European Biomass Conference – Amsterdam
2017: David Chiaramonti – 25th European Biomass Conference – Stockholm
2018: Douglas C. Elliott – 26th European Biomass Conference – Copenhagen
2019: David Baxter – 27th European Biomass Conference – Lisbon

Congratulations to the Linneborn Prize Winner 2019

David Baxter
former European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Dr. Baxter receives the Linneborn Prize 2019 as highly appreciated and recognized R&D scientist originally specialized and active in materials technology applied to clean fossil fuel (combustion, gasification and advanced turbine development), both at the Argonne National Laboratory in the USA and industry in the UK. Later, after joining Joint Research Center of the European Commission, his attention shifted to the application of advanced ceramics and heat protection systems in energy technologies, including key activities in the framework of European COST projects. During the 1990s he shifted attention to non-fossil fuels including biomass and waste and their conversion to energy. Part of this work involved setting up a large successful European waste incineration network of industry operators and researchers focused on energy efficiency and emissions reduction. Based on this broad experience and personal qualities from 2000 on, applied research evolved into supporting research for political policy in the EU. As a member of the European Bioenergy Industrial Initiative he did important work within the Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan and closely supported tasks to implement new legislation, for example the renewables directive and directives related to waste. He was also a highly successful leader of the International Energy Agency Biogas Task 37, promoting sustainable biogas production from agricultural residues, energy crops and municipal waste, whilst recycling fertilizers and nutrients back to farmland. He supervised a number of post-graduate researchers and worked alongside visiting scientists, mainly from new member countries to the EU, aiming to build and extend research collaboration across the continent. Apart from these examples he made significant contributions to the organization and development of the scientific programme and the implementation of our EUBCE conferences, presenting overviews and summaries, as well as being involved in several other activities showing very effective leadership.


Award Ceremony: The Prize was awarded at the 27th European Biomass Conference, Lisbon, 27 May 2019.

Johannes Linneborn Prize By-Law

  1. The Johannes Linneborn Prize was established in 1994 to honour scientific, technical or managerial merit in the development of biomass, attained over a long period of continuous achievements. It is primarily a European Award but can occasionally be awarded to a Non-European.
  2. The Prize is awarded periodically to a single individual. The Prize cannot be shared nor given to an institution or team.
  3. This periodicity is linked to the European Biomass Conference where the Prize is to be awarded in a solemn ceremony during the Opening Session.
  4. The Linneborn Prize is granted by the Linneborn Prize Committee. The Linneborn  Prize Committee must select the individual to be honoured with the Prize. The Committee must maintain the spirit of the Prize, implementing the necessary modifications to the By-law to ensure in perpetuity the selection of appropriate candidates.
  5. This Committee is formed by: (a) all the past awardees, (b) the Chairperson of the Conference where the prize will be awarded; (c) its founder Dr. Wolfgang Palz, who instituted the Prize on behalf of the European Commission, or upon his resignation another representative of this body; (d) the conference organisers.
  6. The Committee Chairman is nominated by the Committee after the Prize selection and his/her term will expire after the next prize selection. The Chairperson of the Committee can be re-elected.
  7. Any decision of the Committee must be taken by the majority of votes among all members participating in the vote with the Chairperson’s vote deciding in case of a tie between opposite options. Assemblies and voting can be held without physical presence, but the usual rules of information and debate held in assemblies with physical presence must be respected in all cases. Secret votes are forbidden for the Committee members. Changes of the By-law have to be approved by a two thirds majority.
  8. The Linneborn Prize consists of a diploma including a short notice of the Linneborn germinal achievement in biomass. It must also mention the edition of the Prize, the Awardee’s name and affiliation and a mention of the award motivation.
  9. The prize is announced for submission of nominations. Nominations should be addressed to the Committee chair. Every nomination should be accompanied by a page of why the person who nominates someone believes that he/she deserves to get the award.
  10. A person may not nominate him/herself. A person may not nominate someone from his/her organisation but always someone from another organisation.
  11. Members  of the Linneborn Prize Committee cannot be nominated.
  12. Every person nominated for the Linneborn Prize is placed by the Committee Chair on a permanent list, provided the nominee fulfils the qualifications defined in Article 1.
  13. Before each election the existing list of nominees is revised by one or several members of the Linneborn Prize Committee to assure that everybody on the list still fulfils the qualifications.
  14. In any case the Chairperson, ex officio, can collect additional information on the nominees.
  15. After consultation with the committee members the Committee Chair selects 5 candidates for a first vote of the committee taking new nominations and the existing list into account. At this stage every committee member can add one candidate to the list. He/she is not bound by the above mentioned list. The Committee Chair will then submit the final list to the committee for the vote. The procedure for this decision is laid down in paragraph 7.
  16. The awardee will be notified of his/her selection by a letter jointly signed by the Conference Chairperson and the Linneborn Prize Committee Chairperson with time enough as to make possible the preparation of the ceremony. The awardee’s name should be kept confidential, as much as possible, until the ceremony.
  17. The ceremony should consist of a Laudatio of the awardee, chosen by the Linneborn Prize Committee Chairperson, usually at the suggestion of the awardee, followed by the offering of the award itself, and finally by  the acceptance and “thank you” speech given by the awardee.