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The EPS CMD Europhysics Prize is one of Europe’s most prestigious prizes in the field of condensed matter physics. It is awarded every 2 years in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals for scientific excellence in the area of condensed matter physics. It is currently sponsored by EPL, Europe's leading broad based letters journal.

The work for which the individual(s) is/are nominated must not be completed more than 5 years prior to the award. The award will recognise research for which a significant portion of the work was carried out in Europe, and may be given for either pure or applied research.

The Prize Ceremony and Lecture are highlights of the EPS CMD General Conference, organised every 2 years. For more information on where the conference is organised, please visit the CMD conference page (next conference: CMD 28 : Condensed Matter in Madrid, to be held from August 31st through September 4th, 2020).

A list of previous EPS CMD Europhysics Prize recipients can be found in the document collection below.


Nominations for the 2020 Europhysics Prize are now open.

Deadline for nominations 30 March 2020

The selection committee is pleased to request nominations for the 2020 EPS Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize. The award winners will receive a cash award, as well as an invitation to attend and present their work at “Condensed Matter in Madrid – CMD 2020 GEFES”, the 28th General conference of the Condensed Matter Division of the EPS (CMD 28).  CMD 2020 GEFES will take place in Madrid, Spain from August 31st through September 4th, 2020.

For more information on the conference, please see the conference web site.

The Europhysics Prize award is given in recognition of a prominent and well-identifiable discovery, breakthrough, or contribution to condensed matter physics by one or more individuals in the area of condensed matter physics, which, in the opinion of the selection committee, represents scientific excellence. The award will recognize research for which a significant portion of the work was carried out in Europe, and may be given for either pure or applied research at the discretion of the Society.

You may download the Europhysics Prize Charter here.

Only complete nominations will be considered. For a nomination to be complete, it must include:

·      a complete CV

·      a publication list (5 pages maximum per individual included in the nomination)

·      an indication of the three most relevant papers to the nomination (no more than 3 in total)

·      a description of the work justifying the nomination (2 pages maximum)

·      a suggested short citation

Nominations of female candidates are particularly welcomed; indeed, the selection committee reserves the right not to award the 2020 Europhysics prize should no female candidates be proposed.

Nominations may be made by email, by sending all materials in a single file, before March 30th, 2020, to the CMD Board Chair - (preferred), or by regular mail to

Europhysics Prize 2020 - c/o Kees van der Beek, CMD chair

Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies

10 boulevard Thomas Gobert

91120 Palaiseau, France

Please keep your nomination confidential. Proposals will be acknowledged but not followed by any further correspondence.

2018 Prize Winners

  • Lucio Braicovich
  • Giacomo Claudio Ghiringhelli

for the development and scientific exploration of high-resolution Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS)”. Read the press release here.



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Item Name Posted By Date Posted
EPS CMD Europhysics Prize Charter PDF (301.31 KB) Administration 07/01/2020
EPS CMD Europhysics Prize Recipients PDF (316.44 KB)  more ] Administration 09/01/2020
EPS CMD Europhysics Prize 2018 PDF (76.58 KB) C. van der Beek 20/02/2018
EPS CMD Europhysics Prize 2016 PDF (333.84 KB) Administration 26/09/2017
EPS CMD Europhysics Prize 2014 PDF (1.73 MB) G. Gunaratnam, European Physical Society 13/06/2014
EPS CMD Europhysics Prize 2012 PDF (65.18 KB) G. Gunaratnam, EPS 06/09/2012
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