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Award of EPS Alfven Prize 2019 to Victor Malka and Toshiki Tajima

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Tuesday 8 January 2019

The EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2019 for outstanding contributions to plasma physics is jointly awarded to:

  • Professor Victor Malka, of the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée of the CNRS/ENSTA-ParisTech/Ecole Polytechnique, France,  and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel; and
  • Professor Toshiki Tajima, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.

Professor Malka is recognised for His major contributions to the development of compact laser-plasma accelerators, and to their innovative applications to science and society, which span ultra-fast phenomena, accelerator physics, medicine, radiobiology, chemistry and material science.”

Professor Tajima is recognised for His seminal, broad, and novel contributions to plasma physics and plasma-based accelerator physics, including the concept of laser wakefield acceleration.


Victor Malka is an international research leader in the field of laser-driven plasma accelerators. He was one of the first researchers to realize the potential of laser-driven particle and radiation sources, and has dedicated much of his research career to developing this subject.

His numerous world-leading achievements are frequently reported in leading international journals including Science, Nature, Nature Physics, and Physical Review Letters. He has more than two hundred scientific publications and has given more than two hundred invited lectures at international scientific conferences, workshops and summer schools. Prof. Malka’s most significant contributions to the field include: the production of the first relativistic electron beams in the wave breaking regime; leading one of the first experiments to demonstrate monoenergetic electron beam acceleration in a laser-plasma wakefield; the introduction of colliding laser pulse techniques for controlling electron injection and acceleration; and pioneering measurements on laser-plasma accelerators as a driver of high energy synchrotron radiation. His most recent work includes the first use of wide-band spectral coherent transition radiation to temporally characterise electron acceleration, leading to identification of a 1.5 femtosecond electron bunch. In addition, he has made important contributions to laser-driven ion acceleration, and he is a pioneer of the application of laser-plasma accelerators to address several societal challenges. For example, he collaborates with clinicians and industry to pursue medical applications, both in terms of imaging and cancer therapy.

Professor Malka has demonstrated scientific leadership in the field of laser-plasma accelerators at the highest level. He has initiated and coordinated many joint European projects, and shown leadership in shaping European strategy in this research field. He has served on numerous scientific committees, and collaborates widely with many internationally leading groups in the field. He is also passionate about training the next generation of researchers in laser-plasma physics; many of the sixteen PhD students whom he has supervised have received awards for their research achievements. Professor Malka has contributed to many summer schools, and has been very active in promoting plasma physics to the general public, in the popular press and in interviews.

Professor Victor Malka



Toshiki Tajima has exceptional scientific accomplishments. He is recognized, with the late John Dawson, as one of two inventors of the concept of laser wakefield acceleration (LWA). Their seminal scientific contribution on LWA was published in Physical Review Letters in 1979, and has been cited over four thousand times; his total citations exceed twenty-four thousand. These statistics eloquently express his work’s extensive impact on physics, together with its wider applications. LWA has been a transformational concept: both in the physics of high-intensity laser-plasma interactions, and in particle acceleration technology. Driven by a laser at optical wavelengths, LWA has the potential to shrink the size of future accelerators by a factor of at least a thousand. It is seen as the preeminent solution to the limitations of conventional accelerator technology that the accelerator community is seeking. Professor Tajima’s formidable impact is evidenced by the fact that several thousand researchers and engineers are now involved in LWA work, in 150 laboratories worldwide. The field remains one of the most exciting topics in laser physics. The continuing high level of financial investment is telling, and estimated at five billion dollars over the next five years. Within Europe, four large scale facilities are being built: Apollon in France, and the three Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) facilities in central and eastern Europe.


Professor Toshiki Tajima

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Call for EPS Fellows

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 26 November 2018

EPS Members are invited to nominate EPS Individual Members as EPS Fellows. Individuals whose achievements in physics, whether in research, industry or education and/or through commitment to the SOCIETY warrant specific recognition are eligible to become EPS Fellows.

More information about EPS Fellows, including the list of current EPS fellows and the rules for nomination, is available here:

Nominations should be sent to EPS Secretary General, David Lee (), by 31 January 2019.

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2019 Vladilen Letokhov Medal - Call for nominations

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Sunday 25 November 2018
Updated: Monday 26 November 2018

The European Physical Society
The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division
The Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division
The Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences

are happy to announce the 2019 Vladilen Letokhov Medal . 

The call for nominations is now open.


Established in memory of Vladilen Letokhov (1939-2009), former Vice-Director of the Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences and pioneer in several fields of laser physics, the Letokhov Medal aims at recognizing outstanding contributions in laser-matter interaction, in particular spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, laser manipulation of atoms, and strong field processes. The prize consists of a medal, a certificate and a monetary award of 5000 euros. The medal will be presented every odd year at a major conference alternatively sponsored by the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division and the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division of the EPS. In 2019, it will be awarded at the 13th European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons (ECAMP).

Details of the application procedure and information required are given below.

Nominations are to be received on line by December 15th, 2018.

The medal will be awarded without restriction of nationality of the recipient. The award shall be preferentially awarded to a single person. However, in exceptional cases, it can be shared by up to three recipients when all of them have contributed equally to the same achievement. Nominations are active for three years. Self-nominations will not be considered. The nomination package must include:

  • A nomination letter of no more than 5000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s) and indicating the exceptional achievement(s) of the nominee(s) and his/her pioneering contribution(s), as well as a suggestion for a proposed short citation.
  • For a nomination of a team of more than one person (but at most three), the nomination letter should clearly specify the individual contribution of each nominee to the awarded work.
  • A two-page biographical sketch of the nominee(s).
  • A list of the most important publications of the nominee(s) with the 10 most important articles highlighted.
  • At least two but no more than four letters of support (which should not come from the same institution as the nominator or the nominee).

On line Submission Details

All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive.
Please click the following link to access the submission site:

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EPS Survey on Open Science & Career Development for Researchers 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday 8 November 2018

The survey was addressed to physicists in Europe, asking as many as possible to express their views on 'Open Science and Career Development'. It was formulated by the European Physical Society (EPS) in collaboration with the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc). It was launched in December 2017 and ran essentially during the first quarter of 2018. Information of the survey went through the usual channels of EPS to its Divisions, Groups and Individual Members, hoping also for the support of its member national societies.

The purpose of this survey is to help define European policy on open science and to improve the career development of researchers. In particular it was to help EPS to provide specific advice and solutions related to needs and expectations of the European community of physicists.

Open science aims to make scientific data and research accessible to all levels of an inquiring society and includes practices such as:

  • open data = open sharing of research data
  • open source = open sharing of research software/code
  • open notebook = open sharing of research notebooks
  • open access = open publishing of research results in journals/textbooks and/or depositing them in repositories/archives
  • open peer review = open sharing of research peer reviews
  • open education = open sharing of education and resources
  • citizen science = involving the general public in scientific research.

The expectation for a large number of respondents was unfortunately not reached. In total 329 persons responded to the survey. If this number is not really enough to achieve a statistical significance the results can nevertheless be used as a trend on the actual information level of the community of physicists.

Christophe Rossel
European Physical Society

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Call for the EPS Emmy Noether Distinction

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Tuesday 23 October 2018

In 2013, the European Physical Society launched the EPS Emmy Noether Distinction to recognise noteworthy women physicists.

Emmy Noether, with her fundamental and revolutionary work in the areas of abstract algebra and on the conservation laws in theoretical physics, is a role model for future generations of physicists. The laureates of the Emmy Noether Distinction are chosen for their capacity to inspire with their scientific merits the next generation of scientists, and especially encourage women to pursue a career in physics.

The previous recipients of the Emmy Noether distinction are:

  • Dr. Françoise Remacle, University of Liege, Belgium (2017)
  • Dr. Catalina Curceanu, INFN Frascati , Italy (2017)
  • Dr. Patricia Bassereau, IC-CNRS Paris,France (2016)
  • Dr. Eva Monroy (2016), INAC-CEA Grenoble,France (2016)
  • Prof. Sibylle Günter, MPI- IPP Garching, Germany (2015)
  • Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (2015)
  • Prof. Anne L’Huillier, Faculty of Engineering, LTH Lund, Sweden (2014)
  • Dr. Rumiana Dimova, MPI Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (2014)
  • Prof. Nynke Dekker, TU Delft, Netherlands (2013)
  • Dr. Alessandra Gatti, IFN-CNR Como, Italy (2013)

The EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics is awarded twice a year. The selection committee, appointed by the EPS Equal Opportunities Committee, will consider nominations for female scientists working in Europe.

To make a nomination, please, email the following information to the EPS Secretariat:

A cover letter, detailing (in no more than 3 paragraphs) the motivation for awarding the Emmy Noether distinction to the nominee;

  • The nominee’s name, institution and email;
  • The nominee’s résumé;
  • The nominator’s name, institution, and email.

Download the distinction charter and read more about the Emmy Noether Distinction on the EPS website.

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EPS-PPD Prizes call for nominations

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 8 October 2018

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS PPD) opens calls for its 2019 prizes.

  • Call for nominations for the 2019 EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize.
    Deadline: November 2nd, 2018. More information here.
  • Call for nomination for the 2019 EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize.
    Deadline: November 15th, 2018. More information here.

  • Call for nomination for the 2019 EPS Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award.
    Deadline: December 7th, 2018. More information here.
  • Call for nominations for the 2019 Dendy Europe-Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Research Collaboration in Plasma Physics.
    Deadline: January 18th, 2019. More information here.

For details about the prizes and the EPS PPD, please visit the division's website.

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ESIPAP school on Detectors - Apply now!

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Sunday 7 October 2018
Updated: Thursday 8 November 2018

Registrations for the 2019 session of the European School of Instrumentation in Particle and Astroparticle Physics (ESIPAP) are open here: ESIPAP

The school offers an intensive programme taught by experts in the field : ESIPAP comprises two month-long independent courses which can be followed separately or consecutively.

The first course (21 January to 15 February) offers a comprehensive programme of 4 weeks. The second course proposes 4 separate modules on specific topics (18 February to 15 March).

Applications are welcome from staff, PhD and post-graduate students wishing to further their knowledge in the field.

The deadline for submission of the full application form is 15 November 2018 (Late applications may be considered in the light of available places).

For more information and details about the programme please visit us here :


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EPS/IUPAP/PPCF plasma poster prize winners announced!

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Friday 13 July 2018

The international journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (PPCF), the European Physical Society (EPS) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics are proud to present the winners of the PPCF/EPS/IUPAP PhD Poster Prize. The winners were announced at the closing ceremony of the 45th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics, Prague, Czech Republic.

2018 winners

  • Javier Rodrigo Pinzón Acosta, Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany and Physics-Department E28, TUM, Garching Germany . Experimental investigation of the mean turbulence structure tilt angle and its comparison with gyrokinetic simulationS
  • Viktor Schneider, Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
    An optically trapped microparticle as plasma probe

  • Meenakshee Sharma, Institute for Plasma Research, HBNI, Gandhinagar, India
    Study of propagation of ion acoustic soliton in multi-cusp plasma device

  • Petr Valenta, ELI-Beamlines, Institute of Physics, 182 21 Prague, Czech Republic and Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
    On high-quality electron beam generated by breaking wake wave in near-critical density plasmas

Congratulations to all!

Previous winners


  • Aaron Alejo (Queen's University Belfast) for a poster entitled "'Stabilisation of radiation pressure driven ion acceleration from ultra-thin targets, studied by fast neutron spectroscopy".
  • Giannandrea Inchingolo (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon) for a poster entitled "'Large Scale PIC simulations of high β magnetorotaional instability".
  • Michael Griener (IPP Garching) for a poster entitled "'Implementation of fast line ratio spectroscopy on helium as plasma edge diagnostic at ASDEX upgrade".
  • Axel Jardin (CEA Cadarache) for a poster entitled "'Investigation of impurity cooling factor robustness against transport and application to GEM detectors for W core density reconstruction on WEST"


  • Arkaprava Bokshi (York University) for a poster entitled "The self-consistent response of linear micro-instabilities to profile evolution".
  • Mark Coughlan (QUB) for a poster entitled "Ultrafast dynamics of crystals irradiated by few-ps proton pulses".
  • Cristian Sommariva (CEA/IRFM) for a poster entitled "Modeling runaway electron dynamics in realistic fields from 3D non-linear MHD disruption simulations".
  • Hannah Willett (York University) for a poster entitled "The role of plasma instabilities in the onset of detachment in the York Linear Plasma Device".


  • M Bailly-Grandvaux (CELIA, France) for a poster entitled "External magnetic field pinching effect on a relativistic electron beam in dense matter".
  • N Bakharev (IOFFE, Russia) for a poster entitled "Modeling of the fast ion behavior in the Globus-M spherical tokamak".
  • S Esponisa (PSFC-MIT, USA) for a poster entitled "Theoretical explanation for strong poloidal impurity asymmetry in tokamak pedestals".
  • L Horvath (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) for a poster entitled "Fast changes in the mode structure of chirping energetic particle driven modes".


  • Alexandra Vallet (CELIA, France) for a poster entitled "Semi-analytic modelling of shock ignition".
  • Brendan Kettle (QUB, UK) for a poster entitled "XUV absorption of warm dense aluminium".
  • Livia Casali (IPP Garching, Germany) for a poster entitled "Transport analysis of high radiation and high density plasmas at ASDEX Upgrade".
  • Himank Anand (EPFL, Switzerland) for a poster entitled "First experimental results of plasma shape control using real time equilibrium reconstruction in TCV".

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The EPS-QEOD Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications goes to R. J. Dwayne Miller

Posted By Administration, Friday 6 July 2018

The EPS-QEOD Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications is

  • Prof. R. J. Dwayne Miller, The Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter and University of Toronto

"for Achieving the Fundamental Limit to Minimally Invasive Surgery with Complete Biodiagnostics for Surgical Guidance."

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EPS AMOPD: call for nominations for the Young Scientist Prize

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, Monday 28 May 2018

The call for nomination  for the Young Scientist Prize of the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Division of the EPS is open.

Deadline for nominations is November, 15th 2018.

Details can be found in the pdf below.

Download File (PDF)

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