EPS-QEOD Prize for Research into the Science of Light

The 5th Prize for Research into the Science of Light will be awarded on behalf of the European Physical Society through its Quantum Electronics & Optics Division (QEOD) during Nanometa 2024.

The 2024 Prize for Research into the Science of Light is awarded to Professor John Dudley, University of Franche-Comté and CNRS Institute FEMTO-ST, Besançon, France, and Professor Goëry Genty, Tampere University, Finland, for “pioneering contributions to ultrafast nonlinear fibre optics which have opened new frontiers into the study of supercontinuum light, nonlinear optical instabilities and rogue waves“.


John Dudley is Professor of Physics at the University of Franche-Comté and the CNRS Institute FEMTO-ST in Besançon, France. His research interests cover broad areas of ultrafast and nonlinear optics, including source development and characterisation, the understanding of complex instabilities in fibre propagation, supercontinuum physics and applications, and analogies with other physical systems. He has received a number of distinctions, including the CNRS Silver Medal, the IOP President’s Medal, the APS Nicholson SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award, and the Optica R. W. Wood Prize. He is also committed to education and outreach, and currently chairs the UNESCO International Day of Light. He is Fellow of SPIE, Optica, IEEE, EOS, and the Royal Society of New Zealand (Hon.)   Goëry Genty is a Professor at Tampere University in Tampere, Finland. His research interest ranges from ultrafast nonlinear optics to the development of real-time measurement techniques, advanced laser sources, novel sensing and imaging concepts as well as the application of machine learning to nonlinear optics. He has received several awards including the IUPAP Young Scientist International Prize in Optics and the Physics Prize of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. He is a Fellow of Optica and EOS. He is also the director of the Flagship for Photonics Research and Innovation and of the Finnish national research infrastructure for light-based technologies, two of the most prestigious large-scale research programs of excellence funded by the Research Council of Finland.

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, from the 3rd to 6th of January, 2024.

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.

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Online Nomination Details:
All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive.
Self nominations cannot be considered.

Online nominations are presently closed.

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