The call for nominations for the Young Scientist Prize in Statistical Physics is now open!

Please send your nominations by December 31, 2018, via e-mail to: with subject line: Young Scientist Prize C3: Nomination for Name-of-Nominee.

The nominations must be accompanied by a description of the work of the Young Scientist; this should consist of at least one, and no more than two, typed pages, which should include a list of no more than half a dozen key publications by the nominee. Please do not include pdf files of published papers, but give references or links to these. Nominations should be sent by the principal nominator; names of other nominators should be included in the nomination letter. A nominator can be the principal nominator for only one nomination.

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Young Scientist Award

The Young Scientist Prize in Statistical Physics has recently been established by the C3 Commission on Statistical Physics of the IUPAP. The Prize is aimed at recognizing outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career in the field of Statistical Physics. The recipients must be no more than eight years past PhD on July 1, 2016, and are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in the area of experimental or theoretical Statistical Physics. The Prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a Medal and 1000 euros.

Previous awardees, Lisa Manning and Martin Lenz, with C3 Commission Chair, Itamar Procaccia, at Statphys26 in Lyon, France, July 2016

Lisa Manning

In recognition of her outstanding statistical physics contributions to the fields of granular materials, jamming, and biological cell dynamics.

Short biography

Manning has become a clear leader in the community studying glassy dynamics and jamming, and has also established the importance of these phenomena to biological tissues. In glasses, she has used random matrix theory to uncover universal vibrational properties, and has identified soft vibrational modes as harbingers of local failure. In biology, she has explored the competition between cell-cell adhesion and cortical tension to understand surface tension at the tissue level. Further, she discovered that this competition controls a new rigidity transition in tissues, a startling new member of the jamming transition family that is relevant to asthma and likely also to embryogenesis, tumorigenesis, and wound healing.

Martin Lenz

For his remarkable creativity in using active processes in living cells as a rich source of new ideas in statistical physics. At the same time, he shows how these ideas can inspire new thinking in biology proper.

Short biography

Lenz' main contributions concern two quite different but ultimately related areas: the structure and dynamics of the cytoskeleton on the one hand, and the mechanics of protein-induced remodelling of the cell membrane on the other hand. Both of these problems involve understanding how non-equilibrium driving forces establish the structure of the cell. In these problems, the existing knowledge of the biological actors at the molecular scale is still only partial, and Lenz has displayed great subtlety in producing robust theoretical results in sensitive to unknown molecular details.