Congratulations to Prof Ning Yan for being named the winner of G2C2’s first Young Researcher Award, for green chemistry researchers under the age of 35 who have made an outstanding contribution to their field. The competition for this new award was very high with over 60 applicants, 10 of whom received special commendation for their applications. Prof Yan’s chievements in the field of green catalysis at the National University of Singapore set him apart from his peers and the selection committee decided that he was the most worthy winner. The Young Researcher Award was presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC) in La Rochelle. The prize was sponsored by the event and comprises registration, travel and subsistence for the next G2C2 meeting, which will be held at UMass Boston on 20th-21st August 2015. It is hoped that the prize will become a yearly occurrence with different G2C2 members acting as prize givers each year.