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The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) awards four prizes: PhD Thesis Prize (yearly), Early Career Researcher Prize (yearly), Senior Prize (triennial) and the ESPM Student Poster Prize (every 3 years during the ESPM). Each of the prizes is based on nominations, and are selected by the board of the ESPD (or an external committee for the Senior Prize). The prizes are awarded based on scientific excellence and the contribution to the advancement of solar physics research.

 

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    ESPD Prizes 2018: Call for Nominations

     

     

    PhD Thesis Prize

    Eligibility: The calendar year after the viva or public defence. [e.g. defence/viva between 01/01/2017 and 31/12/2017 – eligible in 2018 only]. The PhD degree should have been awarded by a European Institute and the majority of the work carried in Europe. European countries are defined as the countries having a national society being a member society of the EPS.

    Deadline: May 1, 2018. Note that, starting with 2019, the deadline of the calls for nomination of the ESPD prizes will be brought forward to the February period.

    Supporting documents: Nominations should include:

    1. Nomination letter from a research advisor (or equivalent collaborator) outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
    2.  Nominee’s CV (up to 2 pages)
    3.  Nominee’s bibliography resulted from PhD research work (refereed published papers, proceedings, oral contributions, …)
    4.  The extended summary of the dissertation that explains major findings, significance and impact (2 pages maximum)
    5.  Two letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (e.g. members of the thesis committee and/or other collaborators, up to 2 pages each)
    6. URL where thesis can be downloaded without any restrictions

    Applications exceeding the page limits or incomplete will be disqualified.

    Submission: The above documents should be combined into a single PDF file (file size <2 Mb) and submitted through the ESPD prizes nomination form (link).

     

    Early Career Researcher (Postdoc) Prize

    Eligibility: No more than 4 calendar years between the prize application deadline and the date of the viva or public thesis defence (or date of award of the PhD when no thesis defence was held): e.g. defence/viva after 01/05/2014 are eligible for application up to 01/05/2018, if no further justification of an extension is provided. At the moment of the application, the applicant should not have a permanent position. Incapacitating sick leaves or similar circumstances can extend the deadline by a period equal to the leave time. A parental extension of 6 months is given to the father or mother for each child born within the 4 years period, however periods of unemployment do not qualify for an extension. Written justification for the requested extension must be provided. Although the primary criterion for the awarding of the prize is the scientific excellence, candidacy with a clearer connection with institutes located in Europe (as defined by the EPS membership) will be advantaged, at equal level of scientific merit.

    Deadline: May 1, 2018. Note that, starting with 2019, the deadline of the calls for nomination of the ESPD prizes will be brought forward to the February period.

    Supporting documents: Nominations should include:

    1. Nomination letter from the supervisor/grant holder outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages each)
    2. Nominee’s CV (up to 2 pages)
    3.  Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers, proceedings, oral contributions, …)
    4.  Two letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (e.g. collaborator, former PhD supervisor, co-supervisor, up to 2 pages each)
    5.  The summary of the research work over last 4 years explaining major findings, significance and impact on the area of solar physics (2 pages maximum)
    6. If applicable, a letter outlining circumstances in case of the deadline extension

    Applications exceeding the page limits or incomplete will be disqualified.

     Submission: The above documents should be combined into a single PDF (file size <2 Mb) and submitted through the ESPD prizes nomination form (link).

     

    Senior Prize

     

    Eligibility: The prize is awarded to a distinguished senior solar scientist for a life-long prolific career or scholarship in the field of solar physics.

     

    Deadline: Nominations are currently closed. Next call will be in 2020.

     

    Supporting documents: Nominations should include:

    1. Nomination letter outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages)

    2. Nominee’s CV (6 page max)

    3. Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers, books)

    4. Three letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (up to 2 pages each)

     

     


     

    Past ESPD Prizes Winners

     

    ESPD PhD Thesis Prize

    • 2017: Dr. Clara Froment (PhD carried at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, FR). Prize awarded for significant contributions to the resolution of the solar coronal heating problem in the course of PhD Thesis. 
    • 2018: Dr. Peter Levens (PhD carried at University of Glasgow, UK).
      Prize awarded for significant contributions to the study of tornado-like prominences - using detailed ultraviolet spectroscopic, multi wavelength imaging and visible spectropolarimetric observational analysis - helping to unveil the nature of these structures.

     

     

    ESPD Early Career Researcher (Postdoc) Prize

    • 2017: Dr. Natasha Jeffrey (working at University of Glasgow, UK, at the time of award).  Prize awarded for significant contributions to the physics of solar flares and for inspiring outreach activities.

    • 2018: Dr. Tanausú del Pino Alemán (working at Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain, at the time of award). Prize awarded for ground breaking contributions in the field of theoretical solar spectropolarimetry, developing novel methods and very efficient radiative transfer computer programs for understanding scattering line polarization using realistic atomic and atmospheric models.

     

     

     

     

     

    ESPD Senior Prize

    • 2017: Prof. Dr. Manfred Schüssler (working at Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, DE, at the time of the award): Prize awarded for his outstanding, life-long scholarship in solar physics, his fundamental contribution to the study of solar magnetic fields and his school-forming influence on generations of solar physicists.

     

     

     

    ESPM Student Poster Prize

    • 2017: Mr. David Korda (CZ) for his work entitled "Combined Helioseismic Inversion for 3D Vector Flows and Sound-Speed Perturbations."



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