Prize 2023

The committee members are delighted to award the Simon Eidelman Prize 2023 to Ivan Polyakov (CERN)

The prize was awarded at the Hadron 2023 conference in Genoa, Italy.

Tim Gershon awarding prize certificate to Ivan Polyakov

Ivan Polyakov presenting prize talk at Hadron 2023

The committee for the (inaugural) Simon Eidelman prize 2023 were

  • Tim Gershon (chair)
  • Laura Tolos (deputy chair)
  • Volker Burkert
  • Stephan Paul
  • Pablo Roig
  • Xiaoyan Shen

For posterity, the call for nominations from the 2023 prize was:

The International Advisory Committee for the series of conferences on Hadron Spectroscopy and Structure has agreed to establish a prize in honour of the memory of our beloved colleague Simon Eidelman (1948–2021).  The aim of the prize is to support and give recognition to an early career researcher, defined as not more than 8 years experience after Ph.D. award, allowing for career breaks where appropriate.  The focus is on contributions to experimental hadron physics, including theory developments that facilitate significant experimental progress, reflecting Simon’s main contributions to the field.  More information can be found at

We invite nominations from all members of the hadron physics community, (but do not accept self-nominations).  The nomination should include a short cover letter justifying the nomination together with the names of two referees, a copy of the candidate’s CV and a list of their main contributions to the field (including publications as well as other scientific outputs such as software packages).

Nominations should be sent to the selection committee (, by the deadline of 8 March 2023.  The prize will be awarded at the Hadron 2023 conference, where the winner will be invited to present a plenary talk on their work.  The prize winner will also receive a certificate and a financial award, which is generously sponsored by EPJ.