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2021 EPS-QEOD Prizes

Nominations are to be received online by Saturday May 15, 2021 at the latest. All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive.

Requested material: A CV of the nominee, a brief description of the nominee's achievements, a list of key publications, patents, etc., and at least two additional letters of endorsement of the nomination, all prepared in pdf-format, as a single pdf, or zip file. A proposed citation (200 characters including spaces) will be required.

EPS Quantum Electronics & Optics Prizes 2021

Among its most prestigious prizes, the Quantum Electronics and Optics division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) distributes the Quantum Electronics and Optics Prizes. These are the two senior EPS/QEOD prizes (one for fundamental, one for applied aspects) awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics.

Awarded every two years, these prizes recognize the highest level of achievements in fundamental and applied research in optical physics. The awards are presented in a special Plenary Ceremony generally held on Tuesday morning, during the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO®/Europe) and the European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC), taking place taking place in uneven years. This year, due to the pandemic, the conference will be organised in virtual format from Monday 21 June to Friday 25 June 2021 (CET time schedule).

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Fresnel Prizes 2021

Two EPS-QEOD prizes will be awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by young scientists before the age of 35 (as of December 31st, 2021). There is one prize for fundamental aspects and one prize for applied aspects.

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EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes 2021

Four EPS/QEOD prizes will be awarded to reward excellence in PhD research and scientific communication in quantum electronics and optics related to a PhD thesis defended in the period June 2019 - June 2021. These prizes will be awarded for fundamental and for applied aspects. The prize winners are each to receive a diploma and 1000 euros.

Two short research summaries prepared by the candidate will form the central part of the award criteria. Nomination must be made by one of the thesis external examiners or by a senior researcher from an external institution familiar with the student’s work (not a supervisor or co-supervisor). The recommendation letter(s) and the summary by the nominee should clearly identify the original contributions of the candidate, in particular if the thesis is part of a larger group effort.

For the EPS QEOD Thesis Prize, a nomination must contain:

* A letter of recommendation provided by the nominator.

* A one page summary of the thesis work prepared by the nominee, clearly identifying the original technical contributions of the nominee to the research presented.

* A one page summary of the thesis work prepared by the nominee, which summarizes background, main results and impact of the work on a level accessible to a broad audience in physics. This second summary should be prepared in the style of a short commentary piece.

* A short CV, list of achievements and associated publications

* Support letters from thesis examiners other than the nominator can be received.

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2021 Vladilen Letokhov Medal

This year nominations for the Vladilen Letokhov Medal are also open.
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Future nominations (presently closed):

Research into the Science of Light Prize 2022


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 November 22, 2021 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, 6 - 9 January 2022.

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: Submit here (closed)


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