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European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) – Nominations sought for ESPD prizes

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The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) has decided to raise awareness in the work and achievements of the European and international solar physics communities by establishing three distinct prizes: a PhD Τhesis Prize, a Post Doc (Early Career Researcher) Prize and  a Senior Prize. Nominations are invited for each of them. The selection of each prize winner will be made by the ESPD Board and by an external committee of experts.

All required documents should be combined into a single PDF file and submitted by May 1, 2017 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciXrSn9n6aeSpQ313YXNnytjlsf2A3B3a1YMuz9VH9vyAv5A/viewform

With regards to each prize:

PhD Thesis Prize eligibility: The calendar year after the viva or public defence. [e.g. defence/viva 01/12/2016 – eligible in 2017 only].

The nomination usually stems from the PhD supervisor and should include:

  • 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)
  • Nominee’s CV (up to 2 pages)
  • Nominee’s bibliography resulting from the PhD research work (refereed published papers, as well as presentations)
  • The extended summary of the dissertation that explains major findings, significance and impact (up to 2 pages)
  • 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)
  • URL where thesis can be downloaded without any restrictions

Post Doc (Early Career Researcher) Prize: Up to 4 calendar years after the viva or public defence. The applicant should not have a permanent position. Parental leave or similar circumstances can extend the deadline by a period equal to the leave time [e.g. defence/viva on 01/12/2014 – eligible for application up to 01/12/2018, if no further justification of an extension is provided].

The nomination package should include:

  • 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)
  • Nominee’s CV (2 pages max)
  • Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers)
  • Two letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (e.g. collaborator, former PhD supervisor, co-supervisor, up to 2 pages each)
  • The summary of the research work over last 4 years explaining major findings, significance and impact on the area of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
  • If applicable, a letter outlining circumstances in case of the deadline extension.

Senior Prize: A prize presented to a distinguished senior solar scientist for a life-long prolific career or scholarship.

The nomination package should include:

  • Nomination letter outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
  • Nominee’s CV (6 pages maximum)
  • Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers, books)
  • Three letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (up to 2 pages each)

More information about the ESPD Prizes can be found on the ESPD webpage.

All eligible prize nominations will receive thorough consideration. The winners will be announced and presented with the prizes during the 15th European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-15) in Budapest, Hungary, 4 – 8 September 2017 (meeting website: http://astro.elte.hu/ESPM-15/).



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