EPS Early Career Prizes – call for nominations

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The EPS has two Early Career prizes to be awarded each year, one each for achievements of a mainly theoretical or experimental nature.

Those eligible for these awards should have made a substantial contribution to the development or reputation of physics in Europe. “Early Career” is defined as those individuals in the first 12 years of their career in physics following their first degree or equivalent, with allowance for any career breaks.

Full details of the criteria and nomination procedure can be found at

The deadline for the receipt of eligible nominations and supporting statements by the EPS Secretariat is 28 February 2017.

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