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 of Japan

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

Award Achievements

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

Award Achievements Award Lecture

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

Award Achievements

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 ( 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:
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.

  1. Nomination Letter (for Grand Medal, for Rising Medal) (required);

    The letter nominating an individual for the Medal must describe the work for which the award is proposed.
    The significance and the impact of the nominee's accomplishments on the field should be clearly described.
    If the work was performed in collaboration with others, the contributions of the nominee should be clearly stated.
    A proposed citation, a one-sentence synopsis of the reason for selecting the nominee,
    and a list of individuals sending supporting letters, should also be included as indicated in the letter form
    (for Grand Medal, for Rising Medal). The nomination letter should be as detailed as possible with general
    words to allow the Awards Committee, who may be experts in other fields, to evaluate the nominee's contributions.

  2. Appended description (if necessary)

    The nominator can add separate sheets for detailed specification of reason of the nomination, if necessary.
    They should not exceed two pages. A summary of research accomplishments citing key papers
    and patents should be included and the inclusion of citation numbers and h-index is strongly recommended.

  3. Supporting Letter(s) (required)

    A minimum of one and a maximum of five supporting letters must be arranged by the nominator.
    These can be in arbitrary format, and typically should not exceed one page.
    Their main purpose is to endorse the nomination and to provide additional evidence of the nominee's accomplishments.
    The supporting letters should be written by individuals at institutions other than that of the nominee.

5. Invitation to the Official Sponsors

SSSJ is inviting enterprises and companies, which are active in the fields relating to
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.

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Cosponsored by    

Supported by

Ms. Emiko Uemura, Secretary-General, SSSJ
e-mail: 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,