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Nomination for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2018

Posted By Administration, 19 September 2017
Updated: 19 September 2017

The call for nomination for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2018 “For outstanding contributions to plasma physics” is open.

The prize was established by the EPS Plasma Physics Division in 2000 and is awarded for research achievements which have either already shaped the field of plasma physics or have demonstrated the potential to do so in the future. To recognise collaborative research, a group of up to three individual scientists may be nominated.

The previous Alfvén Prize laureates are:

  • R Balescu (2000)
  • V Shafranov (2001)
  • M Rosenbluth (2002)
  • V E Fortov (2003)
  • J W Connor, R J Hastie and J B Taylor (2004)
  • M G Haines, T W L Sandford and V Smirnov (2005)
  • P H Rebut (2006)
  • F Wagner (2007)
  • L Chen (2008)
  • J Meyer-ter-Vehn (2009)
  • A H Boozer and J Nührenberg (2010)
  • P Diamond, A Hasegawa and K Mima (2011)
  • E Parker (2012)
  • M Porkolab (2013)
  • P Mora (2014)
  • N Fisch (2015)
  • S Bulanov and H Zohm (2016)
  • K A Razumova (2017)

The closing date for nominations for the 2018 prize is November 3rd, 2017.

The completed nomination form should be sent to the Chair of the Plasma Physics Division Board of the European Physical Society, Prof Richard Dendy, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB, U.K., preferably by electronic mail: r.dendy@warwick.ac.uk

The board treats all nominations in full confidence and requests that nominators inform only those persons directly involved. 

Download the nomination form in .doc or .pdf below.

 

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EPS Plasma Physics Division “PhD Research Award” - call for nominations

Posted By Administration, 19 September 2017
Updated: 19 September 2017

The Award

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) shall grant up to four prizes annually to young scientists from the 38 European countries associated with the EPS in recognition of truly outstanding research achievements associated with their PhD study in the broad field of plasma physics. The prize shall be known as “The 2018 European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award1“ (or, in short, PhD Research Award). The purpose of the prize is to encourage and reward excellence of young researchers in the field of plasma physics.

Value of the PPD PhD Research Award

The award winners will receive an award certificate from the EPS, prize money of EUR 1000 and a 3-year individual membership of the EPS, presented during the opening ceremony of the annual divisional conference. The award winners will be encouraged to present their work as an oral contribution during the following annual divisional conference and their conference fee will be waived. The award winners will receive an invitation to the conference dinner. The laudations will be printed in the Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Special Conference Issue.

Nominations

Nominations for the PhD Research Award may be made by any individual member of the Plasma Physics Division of the EPS (the Nominator). No self - proposals shall be considered. Complete nominations must be lodged by the Nominator with the Chairman of the Plasma Physics Division or the organizing member of the board of the plasma physics division between 2 October and 3 December 2017 at the address given on the divisional web site http://plasma.ciemat.es/eps/awards/phd-research-award/. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Criteria for selection

The PhD thesis must have been formally accepted by a degree awarding institution in the EPS member states during the two years preceding the nomination. The PhD must typically have been awarded within 10 years of the candidate starting his/her first undergraduate course.

A candidate's academic qualifications must be recognized and supported by proven outstanding success in research work, including the potential impact of the nominee's published work. The Selection Committee will attempt to discern excellence in any field of plasma physics. The jury will weigh the depth of the PhD work against the time taken for the work, to respect the significant variation of the time required to complete a PhD within Europe. There will not be a numerus clausus between sub-fields of plasma physics.

Supporting Documentation

A nomination shall include the following documentation:
1. Personal details of the nominee to be provided on the nomination form (available
on the divisional web site http://plasma.ciemat.es/eps/awards/phd-research-award/) as well as a short CV;
2. A 5-page synopsis of the PhD thesis and associated research in English, to be
written by the candidate;

3. A 2-page nomination letter from the Nominator, including a detailed statement of the nominee's academic qualifications, acknowledging in particular:
the nominee's international standing,
the outstanding quality of the work performed by the candidate,
the nominee's recognized discoveries, theories and findings,
– the significance of the nominee’s research work for the research field,
the nominee's academic curriculum and time taken in the research,
the nominee's publications, citation index.
4. Chronological list of the nominee's academic publications;
5. A signed confirmation by the nominee that the research work has been executed
by himself/herself;

The documentation items 1 - 5 shall be assembled as a single pdf-file and shall be submitted by electronic mail to the address on the divisional website.
6. A supporting letter from an independent referee, chosen by the Nominator;
7. A supporting letter from the nominee's PhD supervisor, if this is not the Nominator,confirming the outstanding quality of the work carried out.
Documents 6 - 7 can also be included in the pdf or can be sent separately by electronic mail to the address on the divisional web site. The Selection Committee may request a paper copy of the PhD thesis, if this is not available electronically. This should not be submitted until requested. It is not mandatory that the PhD thesis is written in English.

Selection Procedure

Proposals for the awards shall be made annually by a Selection Committee consisting of a Chairman and 2 - 3 members of the Division. The chairman and members of the Selection Committee shall be nominated annually by the Divisional Board and may serve for no more than 3 consecutive years. The Selection Committee shall work independently of the Divisional Board.

The Selection Committee may request a personal interview with the candidate, or may request 3rd party assessment of a candidate. The proposals by the Selection Committee shall take the form of a 300-word citation which shall be ratified by the Divisional Board, by written procedure with the Chairman of the Board who will inform the EPS of the decision. The Selection Committee may propose up to 4 candidates for the award, but may also decide to propose no candidate if the selection criteria are not considered to have been met.

Decision

The decision on the awards will be sent to all nominees in early March, 2018. The award winners will receive their nomination to present an oral talk at the next EPS conference from the Conference Programme Committee. The Selection Committee cannot enter into any discussions with Nominators or candidates concerning its decisions, which are final. The considerations of the Selection Committee are confidential.


1 The name of the PhD Research Award may include the name of a sponsoring organization, in which case the award shall be known as “The 2018 XYZ and European Physical Society Plasma Physics PhD Research Award”.

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News from the International Day of Light 2018

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 12 September 2017

After the success of the International Year of Light in 2015, the International Day of Light will be proclaimed at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017 and take place on 16 May 2018 in Paris.

Stay tuned by following #IDL2018 on Twitter and by subscribing to the IDL2018 newsletter here.

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The EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division is happy to announce the winners of its two 2017 prizes

Posted By Administration, 13 July 2017

The Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is happy to announce the winners of the two prizes of the Division:

The 2017 EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Prize is awarded to

  • Peter Grassberger ”for his seminal contributions to nonlinear physics, in particular for the development of the Grassberger-Procaccia algorithm to analyse nonlinear chaotic time series, and the development of highly innovative numerical simulation techniques for complex phenomena such as directed percolation, the dynamics of chain polymers, epidemic spreading, and transient chaos.”
  • Itamar Procaccia ”for his seminal contributions to nonlinear physics, in particular for the development of the Grassberger-Procaccia algorithm to analyse nonlinear chaotic time series, and the development of power- ful theoretical approaches to describe complex phenomena such as multifractals, diffusion-limited aggregation, anisotropic turbulence and drag reduction in turbulent flows.”

The 2017 EPS-SNPD Early Career Prize is awarded to

  • Laura Foini ”for her outstanding research contributions in the field of glassy systems and nonequilibrium dynamics of isolated quantum systems.”
  • Edgar Roldan ”for his outstanding research contributions at the interface of stochastic thermodynamics and biophysics.”

The prize award ceremony will be during the conference of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division in Krakow 3-8 September 2017.

More information can be found on the website of EPS-SNPD.

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Celebrate the 50 years of the EPS in 2018

Posted By Administration, 03 July 2017

In 2018, EPS will celebrate its 50th anniversary. A planning committee has been established to begin outlining the initial activities. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please send them to anniversary@eps.org

Members of the  EPS 50 Planning Committee are:

  • Giorgio Benedek
  • Gina Gunaratnam
  • Jo Hermans
  • Henk Kubbinga
  • Karl Grandin
  • David Lee
  • Antigone Marino
  • Peter Melville
  • Ahmed Ouarab
  • Christophe Rossel
  • Rudiger Voss


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2017 EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Division prizes

Posted By Administration, 12 June 2017

The 2017 EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Division prizes have been announced. The six winners will be presented during the EPS HEP2017 conference, in Venice, from 5-12 July. The prize ceremony is scheduled on 10 July.

The 2017 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the EPS for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics is awarded to Erik H.M. Heijne, Robert Klanner, and Gerhard Lutz “for their pioneering contributions to the development of silicon microstrip detectors that revolutionised high-precision tracking and vertexing in high energy physics experiments".

The 2017 Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize for an outstanding contribution to Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology is awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish “for their pioneering and leading roles in the LIGO observatory that led to the direct detection of gravitational waves, opening a new window to the Universe.”

The 2017 Young Experimental Physicist Prize of the High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the EPS for outstanding work of a young physicist in the field of Particle Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics is awarded to Xin Qian “for his key contributions to the Daya Bay Reactor neutrino experiment that led to the measurement of the neutrino mixing angle θ13.”

The 2017 Gribov Medal for outstanding work by a young physicist in Theoretical Particle Physics and/or Field Theory is awarded to Simon Caron-Huot “for his ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of the analytic structure of scattering amplitudes and their relation to Wilson loops.

The 2017 Outreach Prize of the High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the EPS for an outstanding outreach achievement connected with High Energy Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics is awarded to Michael Hoch “for initiatives highlighting the conceptual and physical beauty of high-energy physics, and the inspirational qualities that are common to both Art and Science.”

A 2017 Special Prize of the EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the EPS is awarded to René Brun “for his outstanding and original contributions to the software tools for data management, detector simulation, and analysis that have shaped particle and high energy physics experiments for many decades.”

More information
- EPS HEP conference: http://eps-hep2017.eu/
- EPS HEPP Division: https://eps-hepp.web.cern.ch/

- All recipients with short citations

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Two Prestigious Prizes in Quantum Electronics and Optics announced by the EPS

Posted By Administration, 31 May 2017

MULHOUSE, [29 May 2017] – The European Physical Society is delighted to announce the 2017 winners of its two most prestigious prizes in Quantum Electronics and Optics. These prizes, awarded only once every two years, recognize the highest level of achievements in fundamental and applied research in optical physics. The awards will be presented in a special Plenary Ceremony on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 during the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO®/Europe) and the European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC), held in Munich, Germany.

2017 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Niek F. van Hulst

The 2017 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Prof. Niek van Hulst, ICREA research professor at ICFO, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain. The Prize is awarded to Professor van Hulst For pioneering contributions to nano-optics and its applications to molecular spectroscopy and to ultrafast light-matter interactions.

 

Niek van Hulst studied Physics and Astronomy (BSc 1978) and Experimental Physics (MSc 1981) at the University of Nijmegen, where he also obtained a PhD in Molecular & Laser Physics 1986. He was researcher and assistant professor at the University of Twente. He became full professor in Applied Optics at the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente in 1997, where his research fields included nanophotonics, optical scanning probe technology and single molecule detection. In 2005 he moved as ICREA research professor and senior group leader to the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona. There he performed ground-breaking research on the control of light interaction both on the nanometre and the femtosecond scale. Particularly notable achievements include the first demonstration of directional emission from a single molecule coupled to a nano-antenna, the confinement of light down to 20 nm and applications to high resolution imaging, an optical TV-antenna driven by a single quantum dot and ultrafast coherent control of single molecules. Current research topics are the emission control, nanofocusing and nanoscale imaging by nanoantenna probes in controlled proximity to single photon emitters and the coherent control of molecular dynamics and nanoscale antenna fields by phase controlled excitation with fewfs broad-band pulses.

Niek van Hulst heads the academic program of ICFO and is a coordinator of the Spanish CONSOLIDER network NanoLight.es. He is recipient of the European Science Award of the Körber Foundation 2003 and the City of Barcelona’s science prize Premi Ciutat 2010. He published about 230 papers in refereed journals and is a fellow of the OSA. He was awarded two ERC Advanced Investigator Grants in 2010 and 2015 and a Proof of Concept Grant 2016.

2017 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics: Victor Malka

The 2017 Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics is awarded to Prof. Victor Malka, CNRS research director at the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, Palaiseau, France and Professor at the Weizmann Institute for Science, Rehovot, Israel. The Prize is awarded to Professor Malka For pioneering research using ultra-high intensity lasers for laser-plasma accelerators and their applications.