The Carbohydrate Research Award, established by the Editors of the Journal Carbohydrate Research and by the European Carbohydrate Organisation, is sponsored by Elsevier and will be given in this Symposium for the first time. These Awards aim to recognise a young glycoscientist who has demonstrated excellence in research. The main purpose is to encourage research in the field in response to the major challenges facing Europe and the whole world. The selected candidate will present the Carbohydrate Research Award Lecture.