EAPLS Best PhD Dissertation Awards

The European Association for Programming Languages and Systems has established a Best Dissertation Award in the international research area of programming languages and systems. The award will go to the PhD student who in the previous period has made the most original and influential contribution to the area. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to excellent work, to help the career of the student in question, and to promote the research field as a whole.

2015 Call

The Call for the 2015 EAPLS PhD Award is now open. See below.

Past Best Dissertation Awards

Procedure

The award procedure is organised as follows:
  • Every call for nominations includes a period in which the PhD defense and examination should have taken place. Nominations that fall outside this period will not be taken into consideration.
  • Candidates are nominated by their supervisors. A nomination should consist of an electronic version of the thesis itself, accompanied by a letter from the supervisor describing why the thesis should be considered for the award, as well as a report from an independent researcher who has acted as examiner of the thesis at its defense.
  • Nominations are judged by an international committee of experts. The process is similar to that of a programme committee for a scientific conference: each candidate is ranked by several of the experts, after which the rankings are compared and discussed and a winner is selected by consensus. The final decision is made by the EAPLS board, based on the committee's recommendation. To avoid conflicts of interest, members of the expert team may not be supervisors or examiners of nominated candidates.
  • EAPLS may decide to award several dissertations or none. The nominations, rankings and discussions will be kept confidential within the committee. Decisions are final and not subject to further discussion.
  • The award itself consists of a document proclaiming the recipient to have won the EAPLS Best PhD Dissertation Award. If possible, the document will be handed over ceremonially at a suitable occasion. No monetary award is involved.

EAPLS PhD Award 2015: Call for Nominations

Eligibility

Eligible for the award are those who successfully defended their PhD

  • at an academic institution in Europe
  • in the field of Programming Languages and Systems
  • in the period from 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015

Nominations

Candidates for the award must be nominated by their supervisor. Nominating a candidate consists of submitting the thesis to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eaplsphd2015. The nomination must be accompanied by (a zip file containing)

  • a letter from the supervisor describing why the thesis should be considered for the award;
  • a report from an independent researcher who has acted as examiner of the thesis at its defense.

The theses will be evaluated with respect to originality, influence, relevance to the field and (to a lesser degree) quality of writing.

Questions can be directed to the PhD Award Chair, at anya@ii.uib.no.

Procedure

The nominations will be evaluated and compared by an international committee of experts from across Europe. The procedure to be followed is analogous to the review phase of a conference. The justification by the supervisor and the external report will play an important role in the evaluation. The final decision is made by the EAPLS board, based on the recommendation of the expert committee.


Members of the expert committee are barred from nominating their own PhD students for the award.

The award consists of a certificate announcing the winner to have received the EAPLS PhD award 2015. The supervisor will receive a copy of this certificate. If possible, the certificate will be handed out ceremonially at a suitable occasion, as for instance the ETAPS conference.

Apart from the winner, no further ranking of nominees will be published. The decision of the expert committee is final and binding, and will not be subject to discussion.

Important Dates

  • 31 January 2016: Deadline for nominations

  • 1 July 2016 (planned): Announcement of the award winner

Expert Committee

The decision on the award is taken by the EAPLS board, on the advice of an Expert Committee, consisting of leading researchers in Programming Languages and Systems all over Europe. The committee currently consists of: