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Oxford Instruments Announces Call for Nominations for the 2016 Science Prizes for Europe and Americas

In its 11th year now, Oxford Instruments is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2016 Nicholas Kurti Science Prize for Europe and 2016 Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prizes for North and South America.

The objective of these Science Prizes is to promote and recognise the novel work of young scientists working in the fields of low temperatures and/or high magnetic fields. The prizes are given annually and the winner is chosen by a selection committee comprising eminent scientists in the relevant fields.

Innovation has been a driving force within Oxford Instruments since Sir Martin Wood founded the company over 50 years ago. The company actively supports and encourages innovation in all forms, both within Oxford Instruments and externally. Apart from the Nicholas Kurti and the Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prizes, the company also sponsors several other Science Prizes to recognise the achievements of young scientists around the world, employing research in Physical Sciences.

“For early career researchers it can be a challenging process getting established in their chosen field. Oxford Instruments have worked hard to promote and to celebrate outstanding research by young scientists over many years in North America, Europe and Asia by establishing and supporting a series of Science Prizes as well as providing support for the Fritz London Memorial Prize and Simon Memorial Prize. In giving back to the research community through these awards the company is able to recognise the brilliant science being conducted by the research leaders of the future”, said Dr Michael Cuthbert, Managing Director at Oxford Instruments NanoScience.

The 2015 winners of both prizes were awarded with a cash prize, trophy and certificate. The winners were also given the opportunity to attend a conference in Europe and USA respectively.

Dr Isabel Guillamón from the Condensed Matter Physics Department at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain commented, “I am grateful to Oxford Instruments and the Nicholas Kurti Science Prize Committee for giving me this important opportunity and specially acknowledge their work on this initiative." Dr Guillamón was presented with her prizes at the 2015 European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2015) at Lyon, France on 9th September.

"It truly is an honour to be the recipient of this award", commented Dr. Cory Dean, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics of Columbia University, New York, USA, the winner of the 2015 LOR Science Prize. Dr. Dean was presented with the Prizes at the Oxford Instruments 'Socialize with Science' event, held alongside the 2015 APS March Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA on March 3rd, 2015.

If you would like to be a part of this program by nominating your colleague, the details of our Science Prizes can be found at

About Oxford Instruments NanoScience

Oxford Instruments NanoScience designs, supplies and supports market-leading research tools that enable quantum technologies, new materials and device development in the physical sciences. Our tools support research down to the atomic scale through creation of high performance, cryogen free low temperature and magnetic environments, based upon our core technologies in low and ultra low temperatures, high magnetic fields and system integration, with ever-increasing levels of experimental and measurement readiness. Oxford Instruments NanoScience is a part of the Oxford Instruments plc group.

About Oxford Instruments plc

Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialisation of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University, Oxford Instruments is now a global company and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (OXIG).  Its objective is to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the research and industrial sectors with a focus on nanotechnology. Its key market sectors include nano-fabrication and nano-materials. The company’s strategy is to expand the business into the life sciences arena, where nanotechnology and biotechnology intersect

This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature, high magnetic field and ultra high vacuum environments; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance; X-ray, electron, laser and optical based metrology; atomic force microscopy; optical imaging; advanced growth, deposition and etching.

Oxford Instruments aims to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of our world through science and technology. Its products, expertise, and ideas address global issues such as energy, environment, security and health.


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