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The Condensed Matter Division (CMD) of the European Physical Society, aims to serve its scientific, industrial and educational communities by helping them to obtain the latest information on progress in their specialties and related fields, to gain visibility for their research, to help them interact with their peers and to develop professionally.

The Condensed Matter Division includes several sections focused on specific areas of condensed matter physics:

  • Liquids
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Macromolecular Physics
  • Magnetism
  • Structural And Dynamical Properties Of Solids
  • Semiconductors And Insulators
  • Surfaces And Interfaces

A major activity of CMD and its sections is the organization of quality peer-reviewedconferences and scientific meetings, including the biennial EPS CMD conference, as well as several other major European conferences.

To highlight scientific excellence, CMD also awards the prestigious EPS Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Condensed Matter Physics. This prize (formerly the Hewlett Packard and then Agilent Technologies Europhysics Award) has been presented since 1975, and has become one of the most prestigious awards for condensed matter physics in Europe. Many Europhysics Prize winners have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize in recognition of their achievements, including in 2007 the Nobel Prize winners both in Physics (Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg) and in Chemistry (Gerhard Ertl).


The 2016 Nobel prize in physics is attributed to the British physicists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz

The Nobel committee has announced on October 4th, 2016, that the 2016 Novel prize in physics has been attributed, for half to David Thouless (University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.), and for half to F. Duncan M. Haldane (Princeton University) and John Michael Kosterlitz (Brown university, USA) “for the theoretical discovery of topological phase transitions in matter”.

David J. Thouless was born in 1934 in Bearsden (U.K.). He obtained his Ph.D from Cornell University. He later became professor of mathematical physics at the University of  Birmingham (U.K.) whence he joined the University of Washington in Seattle in 1980. David J. Thouless was laureate of the 1990 Wolf prize for physics.

F. Duncan M. Haldane was born in 1951 in London (U.K.) . After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (U.K., 1978), he worked from 1977 until 1981 at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble. He then joined the University of Southern California as an assistant professor in physics (1985 – 1987). From 1985 and until 1987, he was active at Bell labs. He then joined the University of California - San Diego as a full professor in physics. In 1990, he is appointed professor of physics at Princeton university.  Duncan Haldane is the 1993 laureate of the Oliver Buckley prize of the American Physical Society.

•  John Michael Kosterlitz was born in 1942 in Aberdeen (U.K.). Having obtained his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1969, he occupies several post-doctoral positions, one of which at the university of Birmingham (U.K.) and another at Cornell university. He joins the university of Birmingha as a lecturer in 1974. In 1982, he is appointed professor of physics at Brown university (U.K.).

Professor Christian Enss is the new chair of the EPS Low Temperature Section. Details about the section can be found at:




  • CMD26, held from September 5th through September 9th, in Groningen, the Netherlands, has attracted more than 700 delegates from all over Europe. The more-than-satisfactory attendance and the very high quality of the scientific programme made the conference a big success. There were plenty of opportunities for scientists from all topics and areas of Condensed Matter Physics to discuss the latest developments in their field.


  • The 2016 EPS CMD Europhysics Prize, awarded to Peter Böni, Alexei N. Bogdanov, Christian Pfleiderer, Achim Rosch, and Ashvin Vishwanath

    “for the theoretical prediction, the experimental discovery and the theoretical analysis of a magnetic skyrmion phase in MnSi, a new state of matter" 

    was remitted during the Europhysics prize ceremony and prize lecture during CMD26.For the complete press release on the 2016 Europhysics prize, please see