Prizes and awards

EPS/PPCF poster prize

Call for entries for the PPCF/EPS/IUPAP poster prize

To enter please send your name, poster title and number, and the day that you are presenting your poster to and we will enter you into the competition. Up to four €150 vouchers will be awarded to the best posters. The competition is only open to PhD students. The deadline for submissions is 12 June 2015.

European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division Hannes Alfvén Prize

The Hannes Alfvén Prize of the European Physical Society for Outstanding Contributions to Plasma Physics, established in 2000, is awarded each year at the EPS Conference on Plasma Physics for pioneering work in experimental or theoretical plasma physics, which has shaped the field or is expected to do so in future.

We congratulate the 2015 prize winner Dr. Nathaniel Fisch (Princeton University, USA) "for his contributions to the understanding of plasma wave-particle interactions and their applications to efficiently driving currents with radio-frequency waves".

European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award

The PhD Research Award of the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society is awarded for a PhD work of exceptional quality in plasma physics that was prepared in a laboratory located in member state of the European Union.

We congratulate the 2015 prize winners:
  • Bruno Albertazzi (LULI, FR) for his PhD thesis on "Plasmas Lasers et Champs Magnétiques"
  • Joaquim Loizu (EPFL, CH) for his PhD thesis on "The role of the sheath in magnetized plasma turbulence and flows"
  • Michael Rack (Düsseldorf Univ., DE) for his PhD thesis on "Influence of resonant magnetic perturbations on transient heat load deposition and fast ion losses"

Eleventh Itoh Project Prize

One lucky PhD student at this year’s European Physical Society (EPS) Conference on Plasma Physics in Lisbon, Portugal (22-26 June 2015) will win an expenses paid visit to Japan.

This is the eleventh time that Professor Sanae-I. Itoh, in agreement with the conference organizers, has offered the ‘Itoh Project Prize’ to students presenting a poster (subject of which is on turbulence, transport, confinement, or on related issues) at the conference. The winner gets the chance to visit Kyushu University, Japan, for one week, including flights and living expenses.

To be considered for this excellent prize you must be a PhD student presenting a poster at the EPS conference in Lisbon. During the conference you will be allocated a time slot to be interviewed and the winner will be announced at the end of the conference and on the Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (PPCF) website. The administration of this award is being facilitated in part by PPCF, of which Professor Itoh is on the International Advisory Panel. To enter your poster in the running for the Itoh Project Prize 2015, simply send an e-mail to by June 12 2015 with ‘Itoh Project Prize’ in the subject line. Please include your name, your poster number, the day and time you are presenting your poster, plus the abstract and you will be sent an appointment to meet with Professor Itoh, or one of the other judges, during the conference. All appointments will also be listed at the PPCF exhibition table at the conference.