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Giulio Rampa PhD Thesis Prize 2018 edition




Our Graduate program is also the home of  The Giulio Rampa PhD Thesis  Prize For Outstanding Research in General Relativity and Gravitational Physics. This international  prize is sponsored by the University of Pavia to honor the memory of the young physicist  Giulio Rampa who, in his short life, had a profound impact on his fellow students and the faculty of the Department of Physics of the University of Pavia.  The GRT prize  carries a certificate and a net check for € 2,000. It is given, every two years, to a graduate student for outstanding research on all aspects of general relativity or gravitational physics.

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Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for oustanding research in General Relativity and Gravitational Physics, 2018 Edition

A Cerificate and  net monetary prize of 2,000 € will be awarded to a graduate student for outstanding research in General Relativity and Gravitational Physics. The prize has been established in 2011, and is endowed under the terms of a donation from Nadia and Giorgio Rampa.

Exceptionally, for the 2018 edition, the Rampa Prize Committee has decided to award two net monetary prizes of 2,000 €.

Any Ph.D. student who graduated in a University or research centre worldwide defending a PhD Thesis on all aspects of general relativity or gravitational physics between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2017 is eligible to be nominated for this prize.

The nominator should submit – preferably via email – all relevant material described below to the following address:

Secretariat of The Rampa Prize Committee,

c/o  Department of Physics,

Via Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy

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The candidature material should comprise: 1) a one-page abstract of the PhD Thesis; 2) a full copy of the PhD Thesis; 3) a letter of recommendation from the Thesis advisor; 4) one or more letters of endorsement - possibly from the Thesis reader -  substantiating the candidate's contributions; 5) a complete CV. All the material should be submitted no later than March 31, 2018. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The following criteria are reviewed when selecting the Giulio Rampa prize recipient: (i) Originality of Contribution, (ii) Breadth of Work, (iii) Publications, (iv) Quality of Nomination, (v) Quality of Endorsement.

The recipients of the prize are to be selected by a committee of international experts whose resolution will be communicated to the winners by June the 30th, 2018.
The prizes will be presented at the 23rd edition of the “Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) Conference” to be held at the Hotel Flamingo in Santa Margherita di Pula, (Cagliari), Italy, 9-15 September 2018 (http://sigrav2018.ca.infn.it). This is the biennial Conference of the Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) devoted to all aspects of gravitational physics. The Rampa Prize-winners will have the opportunity to present their work during a special session of the conference. The winners will also be announced during the annual Honours Ceremony during the Inauguration of the Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, in December 2018.

Former Recipients of the Giulio Rampa Prize:

Recipent of the 2016 Prize: prize not assigned

Recipent of the 2014 Prize:


Dr. David Radice

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Presented at the Inauguration Ceremony  of the 2014-15 Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, on 28th  November 2014.The committee consisting of Profs. Gerhard Huisken (Chair), Lars Andersson, and Mauro Carfora, prepared the following citation:

“Dr. Radice’s Thesis on “Advanced Numerical Approaches in the Dynamics of Relativistic Flows” discusses a number of novel numerical approaches dedicated to the solution of the hydrodynamic equations in relativistic regimes. The research initiated by Dr. Radice in so many different areas has enormously pushed forward the state-of-the-art in that field, providing new insight and resolving long-standing questions. Dr. Radice’s work has not been restricted to the construction of new and advanced numerical codes; rather, his work has been all about making use of these sophisticated tools to advance gravitational physics, probing with more precision and fewer resources new physical scenarios. The large impact that the work of Dr. Radice has already can only continue to grow in the future.”

Recipent of the 2012 Prize:


Dr. Thomas-Paul Hack

Institute for Theoretical Physics- Desy, Hamburg, Germany

Presented at the Inauguration Ceremony  of the 2012-13 Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, on 7th  December 2012. The Committee consisting of Profs. Gerhard Huisken Director of the Division of Geometric Analysis and Gravitation of The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) (Chair), Lars Andersson (MPI), Luciano Rezzolla (MPI), and Mauro Carfora prepared the following citation:

“Dr. Hack’s  thesis On the Backreaction of Scalar and Spinor Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetimes marks a breakthrough for a thorough evaluation of quantum effects of matter for cosmology. It provides a relevant contribution to the field and will constitute an extremely valuable reference in the area of quantum fields in curved spacetimes and its cosmological applications.

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