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Statement by Christophe Rossel, President of the EPS, after UK's decision to leave the EU

Posted By Administration, Friday 24 June 2016

Mulhouse, 24 June 2016 - The European Physical Society (EPS) regrets the outcome of the vote by the British people and their decision to leave the European Union. In spite of all possible consequences that might arise from this choice, the popular decision must be respected like in all democratic processes. The result of the UK's referendum will certainly bring the leaders to start a wider discussion on the future of the union. Even if Europe might loose a strong and respected research partner, the scientific community must remain united and aim in fostering further the international collaboration, especially when urgent solutions to global challenges are required. Indeed, one of the strengths of scientific research is its international nature and the free exchange of people and ideas across borders, a policy and philosophy strongly supported by EPS. At a time when the EU Commission wants to develop and implement open science policy to improve the quality and impact of European science, in particular by better interconnecting research infrastructures, it would be unfortunate to see such efforts refrained by political decisions.

The withdrawal of the UK from the EU will indeed have negative consequences for its universities and researchers. Like Switzerland is experiencing it with its status of partial associated country in Horizon 2020 and all the required negotiations to reach bilateral agreements, access to EU funding will become more difficult  for UK scientists. In spite of yesterday's vote, EPS will further develop and strengthen its excellent relationship with the Institute of Physics (IOP), and this with the help of all its other national member societies. It is the mission of EPS to advocate for physics research and its contribution to the economic, technological, social and cultural advancement in Europe. Its role is also to represent the European physics community in providing independent input into science policy issues. In this function EPS calls on the UK Government and the EU governing bodies to act with all respectful means to ensure a smooth transition and maintain the good integration of the UK scientists within the European landscape.

Christophe Rossel
EPS President

Tags:  EPS  European Union  policy  statement  United-Kingdom 

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Call for the Research into the Science of Light Prize 2017

Posted By Administration, Wednesday 22 June 2016


The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society is presently soliciting nominations for their biennial prize Research into the Science of Light.  Details of the required material to provide are given below.

Nominations are to be received online by October 1st, 2016 at the latest. 

The European Physical Society (EPS) Prize for Research into the Science of Light is a major prize awarded on behalf of the EPS through its Quantum Electronics & Optics Division (QEOD). The prize is awarded every 2 years in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals (no more than three) for scientific excellence in the area of electromagnetic science in its broadest sense, across the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves.

The work for which the individual(s) is/are nominated must be such that a significant component of it was performed during the period 5 years prior to the award.  In addition, the award will recognize research for which a significant portion of the work was carried out in Europe or in cooperation with European researchers, and may be given for either pure or applied research.

The award will be accompanied by an engraved glass medal, certificate, and a monetary sum of 2000 euros.

The Prize Ceremony and Lecture will be highlights of the EPS Nanometa Conference organized in Seefeld, Austria, from the 4th to 7th of January, 2017.

Nominations must include:

  • A cover letter provided by the nominator with proposed citation
  • A two-page summary of the significance of the work which is the subject of the nomination. For a nominated team of more than one person, the summary should clearly specify the individual contribution of each nominee, and when and where the work has been performed.
  • Nominee CV(s)
  • A list of publications covering the last five years (a few earlier articles particularly relevant for the nomination can also be included).  Five articles of most significance should be highlighted.
  • Up to three letters of endorsement of the nomination.

Online 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 link below to access the submission site:

Tags:  2017  call  EPS QEOD  Research into the Science of Light Prize 

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Reinhard Kienberger is awarded the EPS QEOD Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 21 June 2016
Updated: Tuesday 21 June 2016

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) board is delighted to announce that

  • Prof. Reinhard Kienberger

has been elected the winner of the 2016 prize for ‘Research in Laser Science and Applications’ for his seminal contributions to establishing the basic techniques for attosecond science with laser-based as well as accelerator-based sources.

The prize will be awarded at the forthcoming Europhoton conference on Solid-State, Fibre and Waveguide Coherent Light Source to be held in Vienna, Austria from 21-26 August, 2016.

Reinhard Kienberger obtained his Ph.D. in quantum optics at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria) in 2002 on sub-femtosecond pulse generation and measurement in the XUV regime. He spent a year at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA, USA, to develop a measurement system for sub-picosecond pulses in the hard x-ray regime bringing together know-how in ultrashort pulse generation and measurement spanning the whole high photon energy range. From 2007, he was leader of an independent Junior Research Group at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching/Munich, Germany. Kienberger was awarded the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for top science in Germany in 2006 and a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2008. In the same year, he was appointed professor for experimental physics at the Technical University of Munich, where he became full professor and head of the Chair for Laser and X-ray Science in 2013. In 2015 he received an ERC Consolidator Grant. He was also awarded the ICO Prize of the International Commission for Optics, the Ernst Abbe Medal of the Carl Zeiss Foundation and he is Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Kienberger has made seminal contributions to the development of attosecond pulse generation and of methods for their characterization. He has been investigating ultrafast electron dynamics in atoms molecules and solids with attosecond techniques.

Further details on the Research in Laser Science and Applications prize and other QEOD prizes, including former prize winners can be found on the QEOD website at


Tags:  EPS QEOD  EPS QEOD Light prize Quantum Electronics and Op  Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applicatio 

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Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche's Lecture at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse

Posted By Administration, Monday 6 June 2016

The French Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche will give a lecture at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse (France) on June 10th as the final event of the European project LIGHT2015 coordinated by the European Physical Society.

Serge Haroche was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with David J. Wineland for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems", a study of the particle of light, the photon. Since 2001, Haroche is a Professor at the Collège de France and holds the Chair of Quantum Physics.

S. Haroche’s talk will discuss how quantum physics was born from fundamental questions about light and will serve to close the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) activities in Mulhouse, France.

The lecture will be the final event of the LIGHT2015 project, which is funded by the European Commission H2020 programme, and that have organized around 120 activities in 30 European countries during IYL 2015 to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in Europe during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015.

The event will be organized on Friday 10 June 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Amphitheatre WEISS
Université de Haute-Alsace,
6 rue des Frères Lumière - 68200 Mulhouse, France

Free admission

About LIGHT2015

LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).

LIGHT2015 Partners include the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Optical Society (EU), the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI), Universiteit Leiden and EYESTvzw.

About European Physical Society
The European Physical Society (EPS) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote physics and physicists in Europe through methods such as physics outreach. Formally established in 1968, its membership includes the national physical societies of 42 countries, and some 3200 individual members. The EPS Secretariat is based at Mulhouse, France.


Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Manager

David Lee
European Physical Society Secretary General

Tags:  conference  IYL2015  light  LIGHT2015  quantum mechanics 

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The 2016 prizes of the EPS Plasma Physics Division are announced

Posted By Administration, Thursday 26 May 2016
Updated: Thursday 26 May 2016

The EPS Plasma Physics Division (EPS PPD) recognises outstanding research in plasma physics with several prizes.

The 2016 Hannes Alfvén Prize is awarded to

  • Sergei Bulanov, National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan and A.M. Prokhorov, Institute of General Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia and
  • Hartmut Zohm, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Germany
    “for their experimental and theoretical contributions to the development of large-scale next-step devices in high-temperature plasma physics research”.

The 2016 EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize is awarded to

  • Klaus-Dieter Weltmann Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany and
  • Thomas von Woedtke, Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany
    “for their pioneering work in the field of plasma medicine”.

The 2016 EPS Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award goes to

  • Bastien Bruneau (LPICM, France) for his PhD thesis on the “control of radio frequency capacitively coupled plasma asymmetries using Tailored Voltage Waveforms”,
  • Arnaud Colaitis (CELIA, France) for his PhD thesis on a “multiscale description of the Laser-Plasma Interaction, application to the physics of shock ignition in Inertial Confinement Fusion” and
  • Natasha Jeffrey (U. Glasgow, United Kingdom) for her PhD thesis on the “spatial, spectral and polarization properties of solar flare X-ray sources”.

The 2016 APS-EPS Landau Spitzer Award is awarded to

  • John Berkery (Columbia University, USA),
  • Steven Sabbagh (Columbia University, USA),
  • Yueqiang Liu (CCFE, UK), and
  • Holger Reimerdes (EPFL, CH)

“for their seminal joint research providing key understanding and quantitative verification of global mode stability in experimental high performance tokamak plasmas, based on drift-kinetic MHD theory, and made possible by strong and essential partnership between Europe and the USA”.

The prize ceremony will take place during the annual conference of the Division that will take place in Leuven (Belgium) from 4-7 July 2016. Click here for details about the conference.

More information can be found on the website of the EPS Plasma Physics Division.

Tags:  2016  EPS Plasma Physics Division  EPS PPD  prize 

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News from CMD26 - Condensed Matter in Groningen

Posted By admin, Thursday 26 May 2016

The 26th Conference of the Condensed Matter Division of the EPS will take place in Groningen, the Netherlands, from 4 to 9 September 2016.
Please take note of the following important dates:

  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: June 17th, 2016

  • Early registration deadline: June 20th, 2016

  • Author payment deadline: July 11th, 2016 
Further details on the conference can be found at:

Tags:  Condensed Matter  EPS CMD  Europhysics Prize 2016 

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EUROPHOTON 2016 - Postdeadline Submission Open Until 1 July 2016

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 24 May 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The postdeadline submission for the Europhoton 2016 is now open and possible until FridayJuly 1st, 08:00 PM (GMT+1, local time on site). Only oral submissions will be accepted.

For postdeadline paper submission, topical information and preliminary program, please visit the offical site of the conference:


Europhoton 2016 will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of world-renowned researchers and scientists, industrials, and students to discuss the latest breakthroughs in the field. The conference will feature high-quality scientific presentations and invited speakers from a wide range of topics, including:




Keynote Speaker: 

Scott Diddams, NIST, USA 

Advances in optical frequency combs and their applications

Invited Speakers:

Dietmar Kracht, Lazerzentrum Hannover, Germany 

High-power single-mode cw lasers for gravitational wave detection

Xavier Délen, Institute of Optics, France 

High-power single-crystal fiber amplifiers

Guina Mircea, Tampere University, Finland 

Progress in development of gain and saturable absorber mirrors for semiconductor disc lasers

Peter Schunemann, BA Systems, USA

Advances in nonlinear optical materials for mid-infrared solid-state laser sources

G. K. Samanta, Physical Research Laboratory, India

Structured laser beams and novel applications 




Keynote Speaker: 

Siddharth Ramachandran, Boston University, ECE Department, Photonics Center, Boston, MA, USA

Intermodal nonlinear fiber optics: a new pathway to power scalable sources

Invited Speakers: 

Olivier Vanvincq, Université Lille 1, France

Active and passive solid-core microstructured fibers for laser applications

Thomas Gottschall, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

All-fiber optical parametric oscillator for bio-medical imaging

Pu Zhou, National University of Defense Technology, China 

Multi-kW-level near-diffraction-limited coherent polarization beam combining of fiber laser sources

Tso Yee Fan, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

Beam combining of fiber amplifiers

Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, L'Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique et le Laboratoire d'Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation (IMEP-LaHC), France

Rare-earth-doped waveguide amplifiers and lasers (tentative title)




Franz Kaertner, University of Hamburg, Germany

THz Linear Acceleration and Compact X-ray Sources

Robin Marjoribanks from University of Toronto, Canada

Energy partition and dynamics of absorption and ablation in burst-mode (>100 MHz) ultra-fast pulsed laser ablation in biotissues


Chris Barty, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, USA

Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Fisica, Milano, Italy

Micro/nanostructuring with ultrashort laser pulses

See Leang Chin, Center for Optics, Photonics and Laser (COPL)
Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

Femtosecond laser filamentation and some applications

Paul B. Corkum, Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Attosecond technology: exploiting extreme nonlinear optics

Altamantas Galvanauskas, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

High Brightness Fiber Laser Technologies

Ursula Keller, Department of Physics, Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM)

During Europhoton 2016 the second Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications will be awared.


We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna. You will find more details on the conference programme on the website at:

The EPS Conferences Department,

The conference is organized by the Technical University of Vienna and the European Physical Society in cooperation with its Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD).

Tags:  2016  EPS QEOD  Europhoton  prize  Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applicatio 

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2016 EPS CMD Europhysics Prize

Posted By Administration, Monday 23 May 2016

The prize is awarded every 2 years by the Condensed Matter Division of the European Physical Society for outstanding achievement in condensed matter physics.

The European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division is proud to announce that the 2016 EPS CMD Europhysics Prize is awarded to

  • Peter Böni
  • Aleksandr N. Bogdanov
  • Christian Pfleiderer
  • Achim Rosch
  • 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.”

Discovery of a Skyrmion Phase in MnSi

Initially proposed as a model for hadrons in a mesonic field theory in particle physics, skyrmions have recently been discovered in magnetic systems thus establishing the existence of a new state of matter. Such structures exhibit a topological Hall effect and can be moved by currents much smaller than those required to displace domain walls thus opening the door to applications in data storage.

This nomination is in support of an exemplary collaboration of both theoretical and experimental groups on a most intriguing magnetic state of topological nature: a magnetic skyrmion crystal. In the remarkable pioneering studies by the nominees, this state was first proposed theoretically and subsequently discovered by neutron scattering in MnSi and its features have been impressively analyzed theoretically.

Magnetic skyrmions are spin textures on length scales of tens of nanometers that behave like particles. Similar to a vortex in a superconductor, a skyrmion cannot be unwound without creating discontinuities. This topological stability is reflected by a nonzero topological index also known as the skyrmion number.

Prior to the theoretical work by A.N. Bogdanov and co-workers [1, 2], conventional wisdom stated that skyrmions cannot spontaneously form as ground states in magnetic materials. It thus came as a considerable surprise that these authors were able to demonstrate that skyrmion lattices may spontaneously form in noncentrosymmetric magnetic systems if longitudinal fluctuations of the magnetization are facilitated. MnSi was proposed as one of the suitable candidates for such a scenario as it exhibited strong longitudinal magnetization fluctuations and the absence of a centre of inversion may result in a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya contribution to the Hamiltonian.

Independently of these authors, A. Vishwanath and co-workers [3] theoretically proposed the existence of a “helical spin crystal” in MnSi, motivated by its enigmatic high-pressure phase. These authors also showed that the resulting skyrmion spin crystal can be interpreted as a multimode superposition of helical spin spirals. In subsequent work, Vishwanath and co-author also predicted the existence of a topological Hall effect resulting from a fixed phase relationship of these spin spirals, a phenomenon which has subsequently been verified in Ref. [4].

These theoretical proposals were taken up by a team around C. Pfleiderer, P. Böni, and A. Rosch, building on their respective expertise in transport properties of unconventional phases in MnSi, neutron scattering on noncollinearly ordered magnetic systems, and the provision of visionary theoretical support. Resulting from this combined expertise, the team was able to identify and theoretically explain the novel skyrmion phase in MnSi. The first experimental evidence for the existence of a skyrmion crystal in MnSi was provided by small angle neutron scattering (SANS) [5]. The SANS diffraction pattern was consistent with a hexagonal skyrmion lattice which was interpreted as a triple wavevector state. While prior theoretical work suggested the exclusive stability of a conical helical state in a field, the authors demonstrated within a sophisticated theoretical analysis in Ref. [5] that the thermodynamic fluctuations around the skyrmion crystal were fundamental in stabilizing the observed skyrmion crystal.

While highly suggestive of a skyrmion crystal, the SANS results did not yet unambiguously prove a fixed phase relationship between the spin spirals. To settle this issue, C. Pfleiderer, P. Böni, A. Rosch and co- workers investigated the Hall effect in Ref [4]. The observed Hall resistivity showed an additional contribution, in quantitative agreement with a Berry-phase induced emergent magnetic field originating from the nonvanishing skyrmion number of the topologically nontrivial skyrmion lattice.

Finally, C. Pfleiderer, P. Böni, A. Rosch and co-workers demonstrated that skyrmions can be manipulated similarly to other magnetic topological defects such as domain walls. Applying currents that were more than five orders of magnitude weaker than those used in similar experiments on domain walls, the authors observed a distinct rotation of the skyrmion lattice. This demonstrates the extraordinarily weak pinning of the skyrmion lattice and opens the door to manipulation of skyrmions in related systems.

This unique effort led by this group of theorists and experimentalists has resulted in the identification of a new state of matter that has literally created a “skyrmion-boom” in the condensed matter community. Not only have skyrmions also been identified in a larger class of systems, but also explicit proposals emerged to use skyrmions instead of domain walls for racetrack-type memory technologies. It is testament to the excellent work by P. Böni, A.N. Bogdanov, C. Pfleiderer, A. Rosch, A. Vishwanath that skyrmions have become such an exciting field of current research and they highly deserve the EPS CMD Europhysics Prize 2016.

Publications relevant for this nomination

[1] U.K. Rössler, A.N. Bogdanov, C. Pfleiderer, Spontaneous Skyrmion Ground States in Magnetic Metals, Nature 442, 797 (2006).

[2] A.N. Bogdanov , D.A. Yablonskii, Thermodynamically Stable “Vortices” in Magnetically Ordered Crystals – The Mixed State of Magnets, Sov. Phys. JETP 68, 101 (1989).

[3] B. Binz, A. Vishwanath, V. Aji, Theory of the Helical Spin Crystal: A Candidate for the Partially Ordered State of MnSi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 207202 (2006).

[4] A.Neubauer, C. Pfleiderer, B. Binz, A. Rosch, R. Ritz, P.G. Niklowitz, P. Böni, Topological Hall Effect in the A-Phase of MnSi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 186602 (2009).

[5] S. Mühlbauer, B. Binz, F. Jonietz, C. Pfleiderer, A. Rosch, A. Neubauer, R. Georgii, P. Böni, Skyrmion Lattice in a Chiral Magnet, Science 323, 915 (2009).

[6] F. Jonietz, S. Mühlbauer, C. Pfleiderer, A. Neubauer, W. Münzer, A. Bauer, T. Adams, R. Georgii, P. Böni, R.A. Duine, K. Everschor, M. Garst, A. Rosch, Spin Transfer Torques in MnSi at Ultralow Current Densities, Science 330, 1648 (2010).

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EPS Emmy Noether Distinction: nominate an outstanding physicist

Posted By Administration, Thursday 19 May 2016
Updated: Thursday 19 May 2016

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

Emmy Noether was an influential theoretical physicist, and a role model for future generations of physicists. The laureates of the Emmy Noether Distinction are chosen for their capacity to inspire the next generation of scientists, and especially encourage women to handle careers in physics.

The previous prizes were awarded to:

  • Prof. Sibylle Günter, IPP, Germany (2015)
  • Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (2015)
  • Prof. Anne L’Huillier, Faculty of Engineering, LTH in Lund, Sweden (2014)
  • Dr. Alessandra Gatti, Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies [IFN-CNR], Como, Italy (2014)

  • Prof. Nynke Dekker, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (2013)
  • Dr. Rumiana Dimova, MPI Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (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.
    Read more about the Emmy Noether distinction on the EPS website.

    Tags:  call  distinction  Emmy Noether DIstinction  EOC  Equal Opportunities Committee 

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    Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner wins the 2016 EPS Lise Meitner Prize

    Posted By admin, Tuesday 17 May 2016
    Updated: Tuesday 17 May 2016

    The Lise Meitner Prize is awarded biennially by the European Physical Society for outstanding work in the fields of experimental, theoretical or applied nuclear science.

    The 2016 Prize Laureate is:

    • Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner, Universität Bonn and Forschungszentrum in Jülich, Germany

    "for his developments and applications of effective field theories in hadron and nuclear physics, that allowed for systematic and precise investigations of the structure and dynamics of nucleons and nuclei based on Quantum Chromodynamics."

    The prize consists of a Medal, a Diploma with the above citation, in addition to a cash award.

    The Lise Meitner Prize is sponsored by:

    • The Karin and Carlo Giersch Foundation
    • The KVI Centre for Advanced Radiation Technology, Groningen
    • The Nuclear Physics Institute Research Centre, Jülich
    • The Institute of Nuclear Physics, Orsay
    • The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt
    • The 3rd European Nuclear Physics Conference, Groningen, 2015.

    The prize medal and the diploma will be presented to Prof. Meißner at a scientific meeting on Advances in Effective Field Theories to be held in Jülich later in the year.

    More information about the Lise Meitner Prize and the EPS Nuclear Physics Division can be found on the division's website.

    Tags:  2016  EPS Nuclear Physics Division  Lise Meitner Prize  prize 

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