CAN Thesis Prize for the best PhD thesis on astroparticle research

As of 2023 CAN has introduced a CAN Thesis Prize for the best PhD thesis within the field of astroparticle research at a Dutch University or Research Institute.

The prize will be awarded on an annual basis. The winner will receive 1000 Euro and will be invited to the CAN symposium for giving a keynote on their research.

Nominations have to be made by the Promotor, Co-promotor or Supervisor of the thesis. Theses will be judge by a subcommitee of the CAN, based on the following criteria: the contribution to the body of academic knowledge (40%), the originality of the approach (25%), the soundness of the methodology used (20%), The impact of the research (15%).

Nominations for the 2024 thesis prize (i.e. all theses defended within the calendar year of 2023 are eligible) is now open!

Application procedure: One of the (Co-)-Promotors or (Co-)Supervisors has to fill the application form and submit it before the closing date of 1st of March 2024 via email to "CAN-thesis-prize at".

CAN Thesis Prize 2023

The 2023 CAN thesis prize has been awarded to Peter Tsun Ho Pang (Utrecht University) for his thesis: "From spacetime to nucleus: Probing nuclear physics and testing general relativity" thesis

The selection committee reasons: "For his original work on constraining the neutron star equation of state and astrophysical implications, bringing together different research fields. The research presented in his thesis contributes in an exceptional way to increasing our body of knowledge."

Honourable mentions on the 2023 CAN thesis prize (in alphabetical order): - Eduardo Ferronato Bueno (Groningen): "On the measurement and interpretation of the fluxes of galactic cosmic-ray nuclei" - Dimitrios Kantzas (UvA): "Exploring the implications of hadronic particle acceleration in X-ray binaries"