IOP Astroparticle physics prizes

The IOP APP early career prize is awarded on odd years, and the IOP APP thesis prize is awarded on even years (£250 and certificate). The winner is selected by the Astroparticle Physics Group Committee.

IOP APP early career prize

Eligible nominees are early career researchers working in the area of astroparticle physics (both experiment and theory) in any institution in the UK and Ireland who has 5 years or less postdoctoral experience (allowing for career breaks). Broadly, ‘astroparticle physics’ includes cosmic ray physics, neutrino and gamma ray astronomy, dark matter, double-beta decay and nuclear astrophysics. In cases where eligibility is unclear, the prize awarding committee will adjudicate. Two nominators are required, at least one of whom should be from an institution other than the researcher’s current employer.
 
Nominations should include copies (or the URL link to) of 3 papers on which the nominee has worked in the preceding 2 years. The papers should have been published, or accepted for publication, in a refereed journal.

Previous Recipients:

2015: Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis (Durham University)
“For his contributions to the understanding of the phenomenology and detection of dark matter”

2013: Paul Scovell
Paul Scovell (University of Oxford)
“For his contributions to astroparticle physics and in particular to the direct search for dark matter”

2011: Christian Aaen Diget
Christian Aaen Diget (University of York)
“For his contributions to astroparticle physics and in particular to studies of nuclear astrophysics”

2009: Chamkaur Ghag
Chamkaur Ghag (University of Edinburgh)
“For his contributions to the ZEPLIN and DRIFT collaboration searches for dark matter that are taking place in the Boulby Mine, as well as other contributions to scientific research”

IOP APP Thesis prize

To be eligible for the prize, nominees need to have received a PhD from an institution in the UK or Ireland in the area of astroparticle physics, either experiment or theory. Broadly, ‘astroparticle physics’ includes cosmic ray physics, neutrino and gamma-ray astronomy, dark matter, double-beta decay and nuclear astrophysics. In cases where eligibility is unclear, the prize awarding committee will adjudicate. The award of the PhD needs to have been made within 2 years for the candidate to be eligible for the award. Two nominators are required, one of whom should be either the student’s supervisor or external examiner. At least one should be a member of the IOP Astroparticle Physics Group. Nominations should include a copy of the thesis in electronic form.

Previous Recipients:

2016: Bradley Kavanagh
Bradley Kavanagh (University of Nottingham)
"Confronting Astrophysical Uncertainties in the Direct Detection of Dark Matter"

2014: Lea Reichart
Lea Reichart (University of Edinburgh)
“The ZEPLIN-III Direct Dark Matter Search: Final Results and Measurements in Support of Next Generation Instruments”

2012: Daniel Hollington
Daniel Hollington (Imperial College London)
“The Charge Management System for LISA and LISA Pathfinder”

2010: Matthew Kauer
Matthew Kauer (University College London)
“Search for the Double Beta Decay of Zr-96 with NEMO-3 and Calorimeter Development for the SuperNEMO Experiment”

2008: Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor (University of Oxford)
“The Propagation of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays”