The Society commenced regognizing the quality of research of its young members with a "Best PhD thesis Prize" in 1998. This lasted for three consecutive years and the corresponding receipients were:
In October 2011 the Governing Council of Hel.A.S. re-established the “Best PhD thesis Prize” of the Hellenic Astronomical Society, and formally set the requirements and application/evalution procedures.
The Prize is awarded every two years during the conference of Hel.A.S. and recognizes the quality of the research work of the Junior members of the Society working in the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics, in order to increase their visibility.
The recepients of the “Best PhD thesis Prize” are:
Statutes and Application Procedure
The prize is restricted to Junior members of Hel.A.S. who have successfully defended their thesis in a University either in Greece or abroad.
The thesis should be written on a topic in Astronomy or Astrophysics. The Prize is accompanied by an award in the form of financial support
for the participation of the Prize recipient in an international conference to present the results from his/her thesis.
The award recipient is also expected to give an oral presentation on their thesis at one of the Society’s conferences.
Any Ordinary member of Hel.A.S, may propose a candidate for the prize.
The proposal should be accompanied by: a) a reference letter, b) the CV of the proposed candidate,
c) a list with publications in referred journals and oral/poster presentations in international conferences, and
d) an exteded abstract of the thesis (no more than three A4 pages).
The proposals are evaluated by the Council of Hel.A.S. The Council evaluates the proposals based mainly on the number
of refereed papers (directly relevant to the thesis work) published by the applicant (as a first author) in the main
Astronomical Journals (i.e. A&A, MNRAS, ApJ, AJ, as well as Nature, Science, PRL), the number citations to these papers
(excluding self-citations), the applicant's overall CV, and the reference letter which accompanies the nomination.