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Posted: Dec 03, 2013

The Heinrich Rohrer Medal - a new international prize in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) In order to celebrate the great achievements accomplished by one of the Nobel Laureates in 1986, Late Dr. Heinrich Rohrer, and also to express our deepest gratitude for his huge contribution to the research community, and finally to promote further progress in research and development in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, an international prize named after him has been established in 2013 by The Surface Science Society of Japan (SSSJ) in collaboration with IBM-Zurich, Swiss Embassy in Japan and Mrs. Rohrer.
Outline of the Medal
The Heinrich Rohrer Medal is composed of the Grand Medal and the Rising Medal as described below. The Medal is awarded every three years, in the year of International Symposium on Surface Science (ISSS) organized by SSSJ (scheduled in 2014, 2017, 2020,...). The award ceremony will be held at ISSS, and the winners are requested to deliver award lecture/talks at ISSS. The first awarding will be at ISSS-7 in November, 2014.
Grand Medal goes to researchers who have made distinguished achievements in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology based on surface science, hereby have made significant progress in science and technology. The winner of the Grand Medal should be basically one person each time. When, however, there is little to choose among the candidates on the basis of achievements, more than one candidate can share the Medal under a common topic. The winners can be collaborators. The Medal with a special framed Certificate and the cash of JPY 1,000,000 (about US$10,000) will be awarded. If the winners of the Grand Medal are more than one, the cash will be shared equally.
Rising Medal goes to researchers of 37 or less years old (as of January 1st of the award year) who have made outstanding results and are expected to continue to play active roles in the field. The winners of the Rising Medal are up to three individuals under different topics each time. The Medal with a special framed Certificate and the cash of JPY 150,000 (about US$1,500) will be awarded for each winner.
Nomination and Selection
SSSJ call for nominations of the candidates all over the world by asking many foreign and domestic researchers, societies, research institutes and universities covering the fields relating to the Medal. The nomination should be solely done in personal capacity, not by institutional nomination. Anyone can nominate the candidates by submitting a nomination letter together with related materials to the Award Committee through e-mail (rohrermedal@sssj.org) by the end of February in the award year (2014, 2017, 2020,...). The details for the nomination is shown below. The candidates are not limited by their nationality, sex, age, and affiliation, while the candidates only for the Rising Medal should be 37 or less years old as of January 1st of the awarding year. The deceases cannot be nominated. Self-nomination is not acceptable.
The Award Committee, which is organized by SSSJ, is composed of international members. The names of committee members will be opened after the selection each time.
Nomination Procedure
A nomination may be made by anyone qualified to evaluate, highlight, and validate the nominee's accomplishments. Any individual may submit one nominating or supporting letter for each Medal (Grand Medal or Rising Medal).
Complete package of documents mentioned below should be transmitted electronically as PDF files (with proper security protection) to rohrermedal@sssj.org by the end of February 2014.
A Curriculum Vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee and a list of publications and patents will be required to submit later by the Award Committee, if necessary in the selection process.
1) Nomination Letter (for Grand Medal, for Rising Medal) (required).
The letter nominating an individual for the Medal must describe the work for which the award is proposed. The significance and the impact of the nominee's accomplishments on the field should be clearly described. If the work was performed in collaboration with others, the contributions of the nominee should be clearly stated. A proposed citation, a one-sentence synopsis of the reason for selecting the nominee, and a list of individuals sending supporting letters, should also be included as indicated in the letter form (for Grand Medal, for Rising Medal). The nominating letter should be as detailed as possible with general words to allow the Awards Committee, who may be experts in other fields, to evaluate the nominee's contributions.
2) Appended description (if necessary)
The nominator can add separate sheets for detailed specification of reason of the nomination, if necessary. They should not exceed two pages. A summary of research accomplishments citing key papers and patents should be included and the inclusion of citation numbers and h-index is strongly recommended.
3) Supporting Letter(s) (required)
A minimum of one and a maximum of five supporting letters must be arranged by the nominator. These can be in arbitrary format, and typically should not exceed one page. Their main purpose is to endorse the nomination and to provide additional evidence of the nominee's accomplishments. The supporting letters should be written by individuals at institutions other than that of the nominee.
Source: The Surface Science Society of Japan
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