The Commission on Physics for Development has awarded its 2020 IUPAP Physics for Development Medal to Prof Paul Waofo.
To promote and award excellence in the implementation of transformative initiatives that enhance the state of physics in one or more developing countries.
IUPAP medal, certificate and €3000
The Medal winner will receive the award during the convening of the IUPAP General Assembly, where the recipient will be invited to present a paper on the work upon which the Medal selection was made.
The C13 Commission will provide travel expenses for the recipient to attend the General Assembly meeting.
One Medal every three years
The C13 Commission will select the Medal winner in the year before the convening of the General Assembly. Thus, the inaugural Medal selection and presentation was done in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
2020 – Paul Woafo
2017 – Jorge Flores Valdes
The recipient must have earned a post secondary school degree in physics or a related discipline.
The recipient must be employed in a developing country (any country that is not in the list of “high-income” countries in http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups is eligible).
Previous Medal recipients will not be eligible for another Medal.
The C13 Commission will maintain an ongoing request for nominations for the Medal with an indication of the year in which the next Medal will be awarded.
The C13 Commission will advertise the Medal electronically on its Website (http://archive2.iupap.org/commissions/c13-physics-for-development).
Any physicist who is well acquainted with the work of the nominee can make a nomination for the Medal.
Self-nominations will not be considered. The deadline for nominations is July 31st 2019.
The nomination package should include the following:
a. Nomination letter
b. Two additional letters of support
c. Curriculum vitae of the nominee.
All letters should provide concrete examples of initiatives successfully undertaken by the nominee that have led to transformative enhancements in the state of physics in one or more developing countries. Of particular importance are relevant reports, publications and related news stories that provide strong support for the nomination.
The nomination letter should propose a citation for the award that consists of a single sentence that succinctly summarizes the achievements for which the award is to be made. The author of a supporting letter should not be a nominator of someone else. At least one supporting letter must come from someone who is not at the nominee’s institution.
The nominee’s curriculum vitae should include an employment and educational history and lists of publications, scientific and outstanding service awards, and invited talks. Nomination materials should be sent by electronic mail to the current C13 Commission Chair –
Prof Sekazi Mtingwa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Selection Committee will consist of five (5) persons who are Members or Associate Members of the C13 Commission and may consult with appropriate external assessors.
The main criterion will be the identification of highly successful transformative initiatives conceived and implemented by the nominee that have enhanced the state of physics in one or more developing countries.
In the year of the Medal selection, the full C13 Commission will give the final approval of the award recipient at the annual C13 Commission meeting. The formal announcement of the Medal recipient will be made soon afterwards.