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IOP APP Thesis Prize

  • Nominees will have a PhD in the area of astroparticle physics (both experiment or theory) from a UK or Irish institution.
  • The PhD needs to have been awarded within two years.

This prize is awarded on even years. The prize is £250 and a certificate.


  • Two nominators are required.
  • One should be either the student’s supervisor or external examiner.
  • At least one nominator should be a member of the IOP Astroparticle Physics Group.
  • Nominations should include an electronic version of the thesis.



A headshot of Graeme Eddolls, astrophysicist at the University of Glasgow

Graeme Eddolls from the University of Glasgow for the thesis, Design, build and characterisation of a prototype single crystalline silicon cryogenic suspension for 3rd generation gravitational wave detectors.


A headshot of Jost Migenda IOP APP Thesis Prize winner 2020

Jost Migenda from the University of Sheffield for the thesis, Supernova Model Discrimination with Hyper-Kamiokande.


Xin Ran Liu, 2018 IOP APP Thesis Prize winner

Xin Ran Liu from University College London for the thesis, Low background techniques for the SuperNEMO experiment.


Bradley Kavanagh, 2016 IOP APP Thesis Prize winner

Bradley Kavanagh from the University of Nottingham for the thesis, Confronting Astrophysical Uncertainties in the Direct Detection of Dark Matter.


Lea Reichart, 2014 IOP APP Thesis Prize winner.

Lea Reichhart from the University of Edinburgh for the thesis, The ZEPLIN-III Direct Dark Matter Search: Final Results and Measurements in Support of Next Generation Instruments.


Daniel Hollington, 2012 IOP APP Thesis Prize winner.

Daniel Hollington from Imperial College London for the thesis, The Charge Management System for LISA and LISA Pathfinder.


Matthew Kauer, 2010 IOP APP Thesis Prize winner.

Matthew Kauer from University College London for the thesis, Search for the Double Beta Decay of Zr-96 with NEMO-3 and Calorimeter Development for the SuperNEMO Experiment.


Andrew Taylor, 2008 IOP APP Thesis Prize winner.

Andrew Taylor from the University of Oxford for the thesis, The Propagation of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays.