Awards

The Belgian Physical Society awards three types of distinctions to promising young physicists: best thesis award, best young speaker award, and the poster prizes. The latter two are decided at the General Scientific Meeting of the BPS, and the applications for this award should be made together with registration for the conference. Applications for the best thesis award should be made in december of the year preceeding the award. Regulations and application forms can be found at the bottom of this page.

2014 BPS Master Thesis Prize:
  • deadline : January 30 2015
  • 3 prizes of 300 € each.
  • regulations and application forms : here (.doc version)



Winners of 2014:

The Belgian Physical Society awards three types of distinctions to promising young physicists: best thesis award, best young speaker award, and the poster prizes. The latter two are decided at the General Scientific Meeting of the BPS, and the applications for this award should be made together with registration for the conference. Applications for the best thesis award should be made in december of the year preceeding the award. Regulations and application forms can be found at the bottom of this page.

2013 BPS Master Thesis Prize:



Winners of 2013:

The young speaker contest 2013 was won by Bart Van Grinsven (Universiteit Hasselt), for his presentation on "Fast genetic assays based on label-free electronic and thermal read-out strategies"

The three winners of the Best Thesis Award are, in alphabetical order:
  • Blagoje Oblak, ULB: "Asymptotic Symmetries and Microscopic Entropy of Black Holes".
  • Sandrine Schlögel, UNamur: "Models of modified gravity for cosmology and compact objects".
  • Ben Van Duppel, UA: "Chiral tunneling in multilayer graphene".
The winners of the EuroPhysics Journal Best Poster Contest 2013 are:
  • First Prize: Lionel Brayeur (VUB) : "Bayesian Approach for low counting experiment applied to a Neutrino Point Source Analysis".
  • Second prize: H.T. Le (KUL): "Propene Adsorption on Neutral Gold Clusters".
  • Third prize: N. Van den Broeck (UA): "Light Scattering on Metallic Spherical Particles"



Winners of 2012:

The young speaker contest 2012 was won by Hans Dierckx (Universiteit Gent), for his presentation on "Dynamics of excitation in cardiac tissue"

The three winners of the Best Thesis Award are, in alphabetical order:
  • Antoine Barthélémy, UCL: "Inclusion d'une paramétrisation des vents catabatiques dans le modèle LOVECIM".
  • Gauthier Durieux, UCL: " Effective approach to baryon number violation at the LHC ".
  • Michael Lobet, Namur: " Etude des propriétés de rétrodiffusion de la lumière dans les matériaux nano-composites stratifiés".
The winners of the EuroPhysics Journal Best Poster Contest 2012 are:
  • First Prize: Laurent Thomas and Thomas Reis (ULB) : "Search for Resonances in the Dilepton Mass Distribution in proton-Proton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV".
  • Second prize: Jan Kunnen (VUB): "Searching for neutrinos from Dark Matter annihilation in the Earth with the IceCube detector".
  • Third prize: Dries Sels (UA): "Phase-space dynamics of 2D topological insulators"




Winners of 2011:

The young speaker contest 2011 was won by Danny Vanpoucke (Universiteit Gent), for his presentation on "Pt Nanowires on Ge(001): Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?"

The three winners of the Best Thesis Award are, in alphabetical order:
  • Dennis Diederix, VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) & Universiteit Utrecht: "Model Independent Search for Neutrinos from Gamma Ray Bursts with the IceCube Detector".
  • Nick Van den Broeck, UA (Universiteit Antwerpen): "Metallic nanoparticles on solar cells".
  • Tom Vrancx, Universiteit Gent: "Consistent interactions in electromagnetic kaon production".
The winners of the EuroPhysics Journal Best Poster Contest 2011 are:
  • First Prize: Pieterjan Claes (KULeuven) : "The geometric structure of metal doped silicon clusters".
  • Second prizes (ex-aequo): Koen Lauwaet (KULeuven): "Tuning the NaCl/Au(111) interface state by the NaCl layer thickness";
    Katrijn Putteneers
    (Universiteit Antwerpen): "Density Functional Monte Carlo for calculating properties of nanosystems"


Winners of 2010:

The young speaker contest 2010 was an international contest, in the context of our joint general meeting with the Dutch Physical Society. The winners are
  1. Stefan Witte (Shining light on the brain: high-resolution imaging of brain tissue using nonlinear microscopy)
  2. Ventsi Valev (Novel Ways to Observe the Handedness of Chiral Optical Metamaterials)
  3. Paul McFadden (The Holographic Universe)
Winners of the Best Thesis Award 2010, in alphabetical order:
  • Annick Bay, FUNDP (Universiteit van Namen): "Influence de l'ultra-structure de la lanterne abdominale des lucioles du genre Photuris sur le rendement externe de leur émission de lumière".
  • Nansheng Lin, UA (Universiteit Antwerpen): "Dynamics of Vortex Shells in Mesoscopic Superconducting Corbino Disks"
  • Yvan Paquot, ULB (Universite Libre de Bruxelles): "Opto-electronic implementation of an artificial intelligence system based on the concept of reservoir computing"
In this year's edition there was no poster contest.


Winners of 2009:

Winner of the Young Speaker Award 2009: Koen Schouteden, for the talk entitled "Electronic and magnetic properties of self-organised Co islands on a Au(111) surface".

Winners of the Poster Prize 2009:
  • First prize:  J. Hendrix (KULeuven), "LEDGF/p75 switches from a dynamic to a tight chromatin interaction upon binding to HIV-1 integrase"
  • Second prize: G. Gentile (UGent, ULB), "Is dark matter dead?"
  • Third prize: J. Alenus (UHasselt) "Detection of nicotine and histamine with molecular-imprint based piezoelectric an impedimetric sensors"
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