Since 2010, EXSA distinguishes two Young Scientists by presenting them prizes, one attributed to a scientist at the post-doc level, and the other one to reward the best Ph. D. work.
Thanks to a close collaboration with the local organizers and with the international advisory committee of the European Conference on X-ray Spectrometry 2018, EXSA could present its Young Scientist Awards, and this for the first time, during a dedicated ceremony which was held in front of the whole audience of the EXRS conference, Thursday June 28th, 2018, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
With great pleasure, Diane Eichert, coordinator of the YSA selection committee, and Michael Kolbe, president of EXSA, have bestowed the Young Scientist Award (post-doc) to Yves Kayser, for his contributions in the fields of Grazing Exit X-Ray Fluorescence, X-ray Grating Interferometry and X-ray Emission Spectroscopy, in which he has demonstrated excellent research capabilities in both methodological developments and interdisciplinary scientific applications. Yves carried out most of the work for which he was awarded during his Ph. D. and post-doc at Fribourg University, Switzerland, as successively at the Paul-Scherrer-Institute, Villigen, Switzerland; and pursues currently his carrier at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Berlin, Germany.
This distinction should have granted Yves of an oral contribution at the EXRS 2018 conference, but the scientific competences of this year YSA winner were already recognized by the EXRS Program Committee which has invited previously Yves to give an oral presentation. His invited talk took place immediately after the YSAs ceremony.
As far as the Young Scientist Award related to Ph. D. work was concerned, it was gladly attributed to Philipp Hönicke, for his Ph.D. work in which he developed and applied a novel methodology for a combined analysis of reference-free Grazing Incidence X-ray Fluorescence and X-Ray Reflectometry analysis techniques. Philipp has carried out his Ph.D. work at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Berlin, Germany; and presently holds there a post-doc position.
EXSA would like to present once again its warm congratulations to both Young Scientist Awardees and wishes them all the best for their scientific career.
EXSA would also like to thank all candidates, who submitted their applications, and the members of the Young Scientist Award selection committee, who all contributed to the success of the EXSA Young Scientist Awards 2018.