The Scientist Siegfried Szapski

Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize

for exceptional publications by early-career researchers
The Scientist Siegfried Szapski
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To recognise exceptional publications of doctoral researchers or postdocs, the Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize for early-career researchers is awarded annually by the Jena Alliance since 2022.

The Prize honours an exceptional interdisciplinary contribution at the interface of the university profile lines LIGHT and LIFE that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal of international quality.

The jury is composed of internationally renowned scientists in the life and optical sciences. The Prize is endowed with 2,000 EUR of personal and taxable prize money and supervisors can nominate publications by early-career researchers. The submission deadline for the prize is July 15th for the respective year.

Award ceremony 2022

Siegfried Czapski (1861-1907) was a German physicist. As a close companion of Ernst Abbe, he made a major contribution to the publication of fundamental works in physics. He was also one of the first representatives of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung.

The Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize is made possible by funding from the Carl Zeiss Stiftung.

Criteria for the award

  • The publication must represent an exceptional advancement of interdisciplinary science at the interface of LIGHT and LIFE and be nominated for the prize by the supervisor. Only single publications and not a set of related papers can be nominated.
  • The nominee must be first author of the publication and must have made an exceptional contribution as detailed in the nomination letter of the supervisor. This could be in the form of original ideas in having conceived the study, developing a novel method for addressing hypotheses or overcoming considerable obstacles to answering the research question. It will be the responsibility of the nominating supervisor to provide the arguments for the importance of the contribution.
  • The work must be accepted for publication within one year prior to the deadline, and a full manuscript must be provided alongside the nomination letter.
  • The impact factor of the journal in which the work is published will not be a primary selection criterion for the prize. The prize will instead focus on the merit of the work and the exceptional contribution of the nominee, as outlined above.

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