The prize recognizes outstanding and original contributions to physics and includes a sculpture, a certificate, and a cash prize. Past winners include Ashoke Sen (1989), the Indian theoretical physicist who was awarded the 2012 Fundamental Physics Prize, and former ICTP Director Fernando Quevedo (1998).
The deadline for nominations is 30 September 2020. Completed nominations--which must include a signed and dated cover letter--can be submitted in one of the following ways:
- by email to email@example.com
- by regular mail to: ICTP Prize 2020, ICTP Director's Office, Strada Costiera 11, I-34151 Trieste, Italy
What to provide the selection committee
Anybody can nominate a candidate for the ICTP Prize. In order for a candidate to be considered, ICTP needs the following essential information:
- Candidate's up-to-date curriculum vitae, including birthplace and date, nationality, education, main positions held including present placement and duties, and major honours and awards. Candidates must have obtained their PhD less than 12 years earlier, specifically after 31 December 2008 for the 2020 prize (or after 31 December 2007 for women with one child; after 31 December 2006 for women with two children);
- Brief description of scientific achievements and proposed citation;
- Two letters of recommendation.
Cutting edge research, education and training
For more than 50 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world.
Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world.
ICTP alumni serve as professors at major universities, chairpersons of academic departments, directors of research centres and ministers of science and technology in nations throughout the developing world. Many of them have been recognized in their own countries and internationally for their contributions to science and science policy. The impact of ICTP extends well beyond the Centre's facilities to virtually every corner of the Earth.
ICTP's mission is to:
- Foster the growth of advanced studies and research in physical and mathematical sciences, especially in support of excellence in developing countries.
- Develop high-level scientific programmes keeping in mind the needs of developing countries, and provide an international forum of scientific contact for scientists from all countries.
- Conduct research at the highest international standards and maintain a conducive environment of scientific inquiry for the entire ICTP community.