The prize was first made available to the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA) by a donation from the late Professor Walter Hälg who was the founder of neutron scattering in Switzerland. His wife Madeleine Hälg-Degen continues to sponsor the highly prestigious ENSA prize in his name. The Prize is awarded biennially to a European scientist for outstanding, coherent work in neutron scattering with long-term impact on scientific and/or technical neutron scattering applications. The previous winners were F. Mezei (1999), J. Brown (2001), R.A Cowley (2003), A. Furrer and H. U. Güdel (2005), J. Penfold (2007), D. Richter (2009), G. Lander (2011), J. Zaccai (2013) and H. Rauch (2015). The tenth award of the Prize (10’000 CHF) is to be made at a special ceremony at the International Conference on Neutron Scattering (ICNS 2017), the 9th to 13th July in Daejeon in Korea, together with the Asia Oceania Neutron Scattering Association Prize.
Nominations for the prize will be considered by a Selection Committee, which consists of authorities representing major scientific disciplines. It includes acknowledged experts both in neutron scattering and from outside the neutron scattering community. Membership in the Selection Committee is obtained by invitation extended by the ENSA Committee.
European scientists as individuals or on behalf of a Division, Section or Group may submit nominations for the 2017 Walter Hälg Prize of the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA). To establish a high standard it is necessary that the Committee receive proposals, which represent the breadth and strength of European neutron scattering. Nominations should include the motivation for the award, brief curriculum vitae of the nominee and a short list of major publications. Maximum 5 letters of support from authorities in the field, which outline the importance of the work, would also be helpful. Nominations for the Prize will be treated in confidence and although they will be acknowledged there will be no further communication. Previous nominations have to be up-dated and resubmitted.
Nominations should be sent before 30 April 2017 to the President of the Selection Committee, preferably by electronic mail in pdf format:
Professor Christiane Alba-Simionesco, chair of ENSA
Director of the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB) in Saclay
CEA / Saclay
91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex