It is our great pleasure to announce the winners of the first awarding
of The Heinrich Rohrer Medal, an international
prize in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology based on surface science. The award ceremony was held
on November 5th, 2014 at ISSS-7 in Matsue City, Japan. The winners delivered the award lectures there.
June, 2014, Masaharu Oshima, The President of The Surface Science Society
Press Release on Winners of Heinrich Rohrer Medal_(English)
Press Release on Winners of Heinrich Rohrer Medal_(Japanese)
The Heinrich Rohrer Medal -Grand Medal-
|Roland Wiesendanger (born in 1961)
Professor in University of Hamburg, Germany
For his pioneering and ground-breaking achievements on spin-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, bringing about very deep insights in spin-related properties of materials at atomic scale
The Heinrich Rohrer Medal -Rising Medal-
|Yoshiaki Sugimoto (born in 1978)
Associate Professor in Osaka University, Japan
For his outstanding contributions to manipulation and chemical identification
of individual atoms using atomic force microscopy
The Heinrich Rohrer Medal -Rising Medal-
|Jan Hugo Dil (born in 1977)
SNSF Professor in Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
For his leading and creative roles in identifying novel spin structures using
synchrotron radiation-based spin- and angle-resolved photoemission
The Awarding Ceremony was held on November 5, 2014 at Vogel Park in Matsue
City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan,
at the beginning of banquet of ISSS-7. After a brief report on the selection result given by Professor Masaru Tsukada,
Chair of the the Award Committee, the Medals were awarded by Dr. Matthias Frey, Head of Science and Technology
Division at Embassy of Switzerland in Japan.
The awarding is also reported on Web pages and Blog;
- Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
- IBM Research Blog
- University of Hamburg
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
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Members of The Award Committee for The First Heinrich Rohrer Medal
- Masaru Tsukada (Tohoku University, Japan, Committee Chair)
- Heike E. Riel (IBM Zurich, Switzerland)
- Wolf-Dieter Schneider (EPFL, Switzerland)
- Patrick Soukiassian (University of Paris-Sud/Orsay, France)
- Flemming Besenbacher (Aarhus University, Denmark)
- Michel A. Van Hove (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong),
- Matthias Scheffler (Fritz Haber Institute, Germany)
- Kunio Takayanagi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
It is our great honor and pleasure to announce the launch of The Heinrich
Rohrer Medal, an international prize
in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology based on surface science.
December, 2013, The Surface Science Society of Japan
Press Release in Japan
Prospectus_Heinrich Rohrer Medal_(English)
Prospectus_Heinrich Rohrer Medal_(Japanese)
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 SSSJ (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 first awarding will be at ISSS-7 in November, 2014.
3. Nomination and Selection
SSSJ 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of February
in the award year (2014, 2017, 2020,...). 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 deceases cannot be nominated.
Self-nomination is not acceptable.
The Award Committee, which is organized by SSSJ, is composed of international members.
The names of committee members will be opened after the selection each time.
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:
by the end of February 2014.
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
SSSJ 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.
SSSJ would like to ask each company to kindly contribute one or more units at JPY500,000 (USD5,000) a unit.
The official sponsors are stated clearly on the Web page and the certificates of the Medal.
Please contact us below to ask the information and invoice for the donation.
Operated with IBM Research-Zurich
Ms. Emiko Uemura, Secretary-General, SSSJ
e-mail: rohrermedal=at=sssj.org TEL:+81-3-3812-0266, FAX:+81-3-3812-2897,
Hongo Corporation 402, 2-40-13 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
The Surface Science Society of Japan (SSSJ)
Prof. Shuji Hasegawa, Chair of The Committee of Foreign Affairs in SSSJ
Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, shuji=at=surface.phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp