We would like to thank all applicants who submitted entries for the 2020 call. We were excited to see the growing popularity of our Student Travel Grants, with a considerable increase in the number of submissions compared to last year.
The submitted papers and theses covered a wide range of applications and research topics. As in previous years, to avoid an unfair selection we adopted a two-step process where we first verified the eligibility and quality of the submissions; we then used a 'random winner generator' to choose three grant recipients from the list of eligible applicants.
This year's winners are:
- David Hälg (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Membrane-based scanning force microscopy, arXiv:2006.06238v1. Featured instrument: HF2LI Lock-in Ampliﬁer.
- Michal Macha (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland), Wetting of nanopores probed with pressure, arXiv:1911.05229v2. Featured instrument: MFLI Lock-in Ampliﬁer.
- Sebastian Reichert (Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany), Ionic-Defect Distribution Revealed by Improved Evaluation of Deep-Level Transient Spectroscopy on Perovskite Solar Cells, Phys. Rev. Applied 13, 034018 (2020). Featured instrument: MFLI Lock-in Ampliﬁer.
They will be able to spend their prize of 1'500 CHF on a 2021 conference or, as an alternative, to buy textbooks, to cover fees for virtual conferences and events, or to take online courses.
Congratulations to the winners and don't forget - the call will open again in 2021!