C10 is pleased to announce the winner of the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize:

Dr. Claudio Castelnovo

Lecturer and SEPnet Fellow, Department of Physics, Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK:

“For his contributions to understanding of new types of order, from the identification of emergent magnetic monopole excitations in spin-ice to the role of thermal fluctuations in topological computing”.  Dr. Castelnovo received his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Dipartmento di Fisica, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy in 1995-2000 and Ph.D in Physics Department, Boston University, Boston, U.S.A. in 2001-2006.  In 2006-2009 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, UK and became Lecturer at the present position since 2010.


The IUPAP C10 Young Scientist Prize recognizes exceptional achievement in the study of the structure and dynamics of condensed matter by scientists at a relatively junior stage of their career. One prize per year will be awarded on the basis of nominations received. The recipient must be no more than eight years post PhD (excluding career interruptions) by the deadline of the competition, and is expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievement in an area of experimental, computational or theoretical condensed matter physics.

Nomination Requirements and Deadline for Submission:

A complete nomination packet submitted by a senior nominator will consist of an up-to- date CV of the candidate, an award citation of 30 words or less, publication citation statistics, two letters of support from senior scientists including one from the nominator, up to three salient publications coauthored by the nominee, and a one-page statement by the nominee explaining the overall significance of the work in terms of grand challenges in the field of structure and dynamics of condensed matter, such as in energy or information science and technologies, exploring the bio- or nano-realms, or uncovering emergent or far-from-equilibrium phenomena. One of the two support letters must be from a senior scientist who was not a former supervisor of the nominee at either the graduate or postdoctoral level. The entire package should be bundled into a single pdf file and submitted by email to the C10 Chair at y_fujii@cross.or.jp by June 15, 2012.

The Prize:   

The Prize will consist of 1,000 Euro and a Medal and Certificate.

Prize Selection:

The prize selection committee will consist of C10 commission members. The Prize winner will be announced on the IUPAP website.

Prize Presentation:

The IUPAP C10 Young Scientist Medal will be awarded in 2013 at an international meeting focusing on condensed matter physics.