Announcement of the 3rd Heinrich Rohrer Medal Winners
The Award Committee composed of international members has selected the 3rd Heinrich Rohrer Medal winners
and the Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science (JVSS) has approved them on Feb. 1, 2020.
Grand Medal: Prof. Andreas Heinrich (Ewha Womans University, Korea)
Rising Medal: Dr. Takashi Kumagai (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
Please find the details of the winners on the following site: the 3rd Heinrich Rohrer Medals (2020)
The award ceremony will be held at ISSS-9 (Nov.15-19, 2020 @ Takamatsu, Japan), and the winners
will deliver award lecture/talks at ISSS-9.
See also the link for the 1st Heinrich Rohrer Medals (2014)
1. Purpose of the Medal
In order to celebrate the great achievements accomplished by one of the
Nobel Laureates in 1986,
Late Dr. Heinrich Rohrer, and also to express our deepest gratitude for his huge contribution to the research
community, and finally to promote further progress in research and development in the field of nanoscience
and nanotechnology, an international prize named after him has been established in 2013 by The Surface
Science Society of Japan (SSSJ) in collaboration with IBM Research - Zurich, Swiss Embassy in Japan and Ms. Rohrer.
2. Outline of the Medal
The Heinrich Rohrer Medal is composed of the Grand Medal and the Rising
Medal as described below.
The Medal is awarded every three years, in the year of International Symposium on Surface Science (ISSS)
organized by JVSS (scheduled in 2014, 2017, 2020,...). The award ceremony will be held at ISSS,
and the winners are requested to deliver award lecture/talks at ISSS.
The 3rd awarding will be at ISSS-9 in November, 2020.
3. Nomination and Selection (for 3rd Medals)
JVSS calls for nominations of the candidates all over the world by asking
many foreign and domestic researchers,
societies, research institutes and universities covering the fields relating to the Medal.
The nomination should be solely done in personal capacity, not by institutional nomination.
Anyone can nominate the candidates by submitting a nomination letter together with related materials
to the Award Committee through e-mail (email@example.com) before October 31, 2019 ( closed !).
The details for the nomination is shown below.
The candidates are not limited by their nationality, sex, age, and affiliation, while the candidates only for the Rising
Medal should be 37 or less years old as of January 1st of the award year. The deceased cannot be nominated.
Self-nomination is not acceptable.
The Award Committee, which is organized by JVSS, is composed of international members.
The names of committee members will be opened after the selection.
4. Nomination Procedure
A nomination may be made by anyone qualified to evaluate, highlight, and
validate the nominee's accomplishments.
Any individual may submit one nominating or supporting letter for each Medal (Grand Medal or Rising Medal).
Complete package of documents mentioned below should be transmitted electronically
as PDF files (with proper security protection) to:before October 31, 2019 (closed).
A Curriculum Vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee and a list of publications and patents will be required
to submit later, if necessary in the selection process.
5. Invitation to the Official Sponsors
JVSS is inviting enterprises and companies, which are active in the fields
The Medal, to the official sponsors providing funds for operating the Medal.
The funds are for the prize money and other expenses relating with the awarding.
JVSS would like to ask each company to kindly contribute one or more units at JPY500,000/unit.
The official sponsors are stated clearly on the Web page and the certificates of the Medal (see the photos of the link page).
Please contact us below to ask the information and invoice for the donation.
References to previos information
Press release of the foudation of the Medal
Press Release of the Award in Japan
Prospectus_Heinrich Rohrer Medal_(English)
Prospectus_Heinrich Rohrer Medal_(Japanese)
The 1st Heinrich Roher Medals (2014)
The 2nd Heinrich Roher Medals (2017)
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Ms. Emiko Uemura, Secretary-General, JVSS
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The Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science (JVSS)
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