ECA Prizes

The European Crystallographic Aasociation awards two prizes: the Max Perutz Prize and the Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut (in cooperation with the Neutron Scattering Association).


The Max Perutz Prize of the European Crystallographic Association



Awardees and call for nominations

The Max Perutz Prize is awarded in recognition of meritorious achievements in any branch of crystallography by a crystallographer having a clear affiliation with the ECA region and being an individual member of the ECA. It can be for leadership or scientific contributions or both.

The ECA awards the Max Perutz Prize twice in a three-year cycle (year of the General Assembly of the IUCr excluded) at the ECMs, official general meetings of the ECA.

The president of the ECA appoints the chairperson of the Max Perutz Prize Committee, usually for a three-year period.

The Max Perutz Prize Committee is an independently convened group that works in confidence to discuss candidacies for the Perutz Prize, and is chaired by a member of the ECA Executive Committee. The president of the ECA monitors due process through general reports from the chairperson of the selection committee, but is in no way involved in the details of the deliberations or conclusions on the individual candidacies of the selection committee.i

The chairperson of the Max Perutz Prize Committee issues a call for nominations approximately ten months before the prize is awarded.

A candidate for the Max Perutz Prize of the ECA is nominated taking in account the contribution which the candidate has made to the field of crystallography.

The nominee must have a clear affiliation with the ECA, directly associated with crystallography and a listed member of the World Directory of Crystallography.

The nominee shall not hold a current position on the ECA Executive Committee or member of the current Max Perutz Prize Committee.

Nominators may be an (i) ECA individual Member or (ii) any person from a national member of ECA or (iii) any CAM. The nominator must ensure a signed acceptance of the nomination by the nominee.

The nominator must indicate briefly why the candidate is nominated and may include matters such as publication record and motivate impact. However, uniqueness (i.e. pioneering contributions) and the usefulness of the nominee's work should always be of prime importance to the selection committee.

Nominations close approximately five months before the award is made.

The chairperson of the Max Perutz Prize committee appoints six additional members to the committee representing the five focus areas of the ECA, taking into account recommendations by the SIG chairs. The committee considers the candidates, select the winning candidate by a clear majority, and forward the name of the successful Max Perutz Prize candidate to the president of the ECA, who makes the announcement.

The Max Perutz Prize Committee shall, when two winning candidates equal in stature are identified, give preference to the candidate from a different focus area than that of the previous Max Perutz Prize Laureate.iii

Where an Awardee's research is in collaboration, the credits to the team or to particularly relevant partnerships are naturally expected to be acknowledged by the Awardee, and thereby to be specifically requested in the formal announcement drafting step.i

The candidate receives the award at the official opening of the following ECM and presents a lecture at this occasion.

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i Minutes of the ECA Council, Istanbul; 17, 18 & 19 August 2009.
ii Minutes of the ECA Council, Osaka; 25 & 27 August 2008.
iii Minutes of the ECA Council, Marrakech; 23, 25 & 26 August 2007





Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut Prize of the European Crystallographic and Neutron Scattering Association (ECA-ENSA)



Awardees and call for nominations

The European Crystallographic Association (ECA) and the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA) awards a prize in memory of the scientific achievements of the late Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut, which are cornerstones in both crystallography and neutron scattering.

It is awarded to a young scientist having a clear affiliation with the ECA/ENSA region (up to 5-8 years after finishing PhD-thesis) and an individual member of ECA/ENSA, in recognition of notable experimental theoretical or methodological contributions in the field of investigation of matter using crystallographic or neutron scattering methods.

ECA and ENSA will award the prize in a regular alternating sequence, or as specified by the two organisations based on mutual agreement.

ECA and ENSA appoint a Selection Committee for the evaluation of the quality of the candidates and the recipient of the prize. Membership in the Selection Committee is obtained by invitation extended jointly by ECA and ENSA executives, with a delegate of each executive (acting as chair and deputy chair for the committee) representing the Associations. The chair and deputy chair appoints another five members to the Selection Committee. The committee is chaired by the representative of the association which organizes the prize ceremony for that specific year.

The chairperson of the Selection Committee issues a call for nominations approximately eight months before the prize is awarded.

Nominations for the prize may be submitted by European scientists as individuals (self-nomination excluded) or on behalf of a group. Nominators may be (i) an ECA/ENSA individual Member or (ii) any person from a national member of ECA/ENSA or (iii) any Corporate Associate Member (CAM). The nominator must ensure a signed acceptance of the nomination by the nominee.

Nominations should include the motivation for the award, a brief curriculum vitae of the nominee and a short list of major publications. Letters of support from authorities in the field are accepted.

Nominations for the prize will be treated in confidence and although they will be acknowledged there will be no further communication.

Nominations close approximately four months before the award is made.

The nominations for the prize will be evaluated by the Selection Committee specified above. The committee considers the candidates, select the winning candidate by a clear majority, and forward the name of the successful Bertaut Prize candidate to the president of the association that organizes the prize ceremony for the specific year, who makes the announcement.

The prize ceremony is organized at European conferences organized by ECA or ENSA. The two Associations will decide on an alternate timing of the venue of the prize ceremony and organize the call for nominations according to their respective schedules of conferences.

The candidate receives the award at the following ECA/ENSA meeting and presents a lecture at this occasion.