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The AAPPS-APCTP Chen Ning Yang Award

CN Yang Award for 2019



The CN Yang Award has been established to honor young researchers with prominent research achievements and to promote the development of leaders in physics in the Asia Pacific region. The Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) and the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) have jointly established the AAPPS-APCTP Chen-Ning Yang Award (CN Yang Award).



1. The awardee must have obtained a PhD in physics or an equivalent degree no more than 10 years
    prior to the date of nomination.
2. The awardee must have done the work to be awarded when s/he had an affiliation to an institution
a member country/region.
3. The awardee must have an affiliation to an institution in a member country/region at the time of    

Channel of Nominations

1. Self-nomination is not possible.

2. Through a member society:

    I. Societies with divisional structure (Australia, CPS, KPS, JSAP, JPS, Indonesia, and Vietnam): 
       Each division chair can make one nomination every year in the relevant specialty.

   II. Societies without divisional structure: 
       The president of each society can make up to three nominations every year.

3. Individual nomination:

Each participant of the most recent Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC) organized by AAPPS, who has paid the full registration fee, has a right to make one nomination in the period prior to the deadline, before the next APPC is held.


Nomination Package

The nomination package must be prepared in a single PDF file and must be submitted by e-mail to the secretary of AAPPS and the administrative office of APCTP at simultaneously, prior to the announced deadline, together with a cover letter indicating the most relevant session name of the most recent or forthcoming APPC.  The package must include all of the materials that are listed below.

1. A letter of not more than 5000 characters explaining the nominee’s achievements 
    with a citation having less than 300 characters.

2. The nominee’s contact information.

3. The nominee’s biographical information, 
    including the date when the nominee’s PhD was received and the institution where the PhD was

4. The nominee’s publication list, 
   including the URL information where the complete texts of five of the nominee’s foremost publications
   can be retrieved.


Sessions of the APPC14

  1. Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Gravitation
  2. Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
  3. Condensed Matter, Semiconductor & Materials Physics
  4. Particle Physics
  5. Strongly Correlated Electron Systems
  6. Optics & Laser
  7. Synchrotron Radiation
  8. Statistical Physics & Bioinformatics
  9. Complex Systems, Mathematical Physics & Computational Physics
  10. Biological and Medical Physics
  11. Physics Education
  12. Magnetism & High Magnetic Field
  13. Nuclear Physics
  14. Plasma Physics
  15. Quantum Information

Selection Process

A selection committee, appointed by the AAPPS Division, the AAPPS and the APCTP, shall determine the recipient of the prize from the nominations, taking into account the overall quality and significance of the contribution and the creativity exhibited in the contribution.



The prize consists of a US$1000 monetary prize and a certificate for each recipient. The prizes will be presented to the awardees by the AAPPS President at the APPC 2019, and the recipients are invited to give talks at APPC 2019 and publish review papers to the AAPPS Bulletin.

Nominations close on April 30 2019.

The AAPPS Chen Ning Yang Award

  The idea to create the AAPPS (Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies) Prize or Award was first discussed at the Third Council meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 1992. It was noticed that it is important to encourage young physicists in the Asia/Pacific region and to introduce excellent activities in the region around.

  In the second term of the AAPPS Council (1994 – 1997) creation of the AAPPS Award of Physics was approved as follows:
  a. The AAPPS Award is given at the occasion of the Asia Pacific Physics Conference (APPC) to   
      outstanding young physicists in the country/region where the APPC is held.
  b. The candidates of awardees are selected by the member society of the AAPPS organizing         
      the  APPC (the host society).
  c. The criteria for selection are decided by the host society.
  d. The awardees are approved by the Ordinary General Meeting following to the recommendation by  
      the host society.
  e. The President of the AAPPS awards the AAPPS Award at the APPC.

  The Seventh APPC was decided to be held in Beijing, China in August 1997. Then the Chinese Physical Society (the Executive Committee of the 7APPC chaired by Professor Zhao Zhong Xian) selected two candidates of awardees. Both candidates were approved by the Third Ordinary General Meeting of the AAPPS held on 18 August 1997.

  The first AAPPS Award was given to two graduate students in China from the AAPPS President at the Closing Ceremony of the 7APPC.

  The awardees and their subjects were Mr. Wu Jian (Department of Physics, Tsinghua University) by his contribution on ¡°the electron transport through mesoscopic systems¡± and Mr. Yang Haitao (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) by his contribution on ¡°the development of 4.2K high vacuum scanning tunneling microscope and its applications to high temperature superconductors¡±.

  Professor Chen Ning Yang was the Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Group for the Formation of the AAPPS from 1988 to August 1990 and the First President of the AAPPS from 11 August 1990 to 2 July 1994.

  He worked as a Council member of the AAPPS in the Second term and retired from the Council at the end of 1997. The Council acknowledged his long-standing contribution for the AAPPS and conferred him the title of Honorary President. At the same time the AAPPS Award of Physics was renamed as the AAPPS Chen Ning Yang Award.


  The past awardees for the AAPPS C.N.Yang Award 


1st (7th APPC in Beijing, August 1997)
     1. Jian Wu: Dept of Physics, Tsinghua Univ, China
     2. Haitao Yang: IOP, CAS, China

  2nd (8th APPC in Taipei, August 2000)
     1. Chi-Kuang Sun: Dept of Electric Engineering, Nat'l Taiwan Univ, Taiwan
     2. Rong-Li Lo: Dept of Physics, Nat'l TsingHua Univ, Taiwan

  3rd (9th APPC in Hanoi, October 2004)
     1. Phan Ngoc Minh: IMS, VAST, Vietnam
     2. Nguyen Huu Duc: College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Vietnam Nat'l Univ, Vietanam

  4th (10th APPC in Pohang, August, 2007)
     1. Hyun-Su Lee : University of Chicago, USA
     2. Hong-Seok Lee : Yonsei University, Korea
     3. Ji Hoon Shim : Rutgers University, USA

5th (11th APPC in Shanghai, November, 2010)
      1. Dong-Lai Feng : Fudan University, China
      2. Zhong Fang : Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
      3. Xianfeng Chen : Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

  6th (12th APPC in Chiba, July, 2013)
      1. Jun Cao : Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
      2. Bae Ho Park : Konkuk University, Korea
      3. Toshiro Kaneko : Tohoku University, Japan
      4. Masahide Yamaguchi : Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

7th (13th APPC in Brisbane, Australia, 2016)

Awardees of C.N.Yang Award at APPC13

Ling Lu
Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Topological photonics
Ling Lu played an important role in the recognition of the newfield of ¡°topological photonics¡± – the term that he coined, including the first observation of Weyl points, the writing of the first review article, as well as the extension of topological physics into other bosonic and classical systems.


Dr Marcus William Doherty
Australian National University, Australia
Pioneering diamond-based quantum technologies

Marcus is internationally recognized as a principal contributor to the emergence of diamond-basedquantum technologies, including quantum microscopy, quantum computing and quantumcommunications. These technologies represent new paradigms of microscopy, computing andcommunications that have the potential to revolutionize many disciplines of science and technology.His research spans first-principles solid state theory to device design and demonstration. Marcus hasreceived several academic awards, including the Geoff Opat Award of the Australian Optical Society,the Dr Phillip Law AC Award of the Royal Society of Victoria, runner-up to the New Journal of PhysicsEarly Career Award and the University of Melbourne Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhDthesis.

Takao Sasagawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Discovery of several novel materials having topological electronic states

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the pioneering theoretical work on ¡°topology in 1D/2D materials¡± developed in 1980¡¯s. Dr. Sasagawa has been trying to develop both new compounds and novel electronic functionality within a new class of 3D bulk materials called "topological insulators and superconductors". His achievement was the discovery of several novel electronic materials including a ¡°magnetic¡± topological insulator, a ¡°polar¡± topological insulator, and a promising candidate topological ¡°superconductor¡±, which will be used to realize innovative topological electronics such as spin devices and quantum computers.






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