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4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014

To honor the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953–2000), an extraordinary scientist and person, a prize has been established in recognition of significant contributions given in the fields of interest of Paolo, which span from planetary sciences to space geodesy, fundamental physics, science popularization, security in space, weapons control and disarmament.

The prize has been proposed during the "International Workshop on Paolo Farinella the scientist and the man", held in Pisa in 2010, and is supported by the University of Pisa and by IAPS-INAF (Rome). Previous recipients of the "Paolo Farinella Prize" were: 2011: William F. Bottke, for his contribution to the field of "physics and dynamics of small solar system bodies" 2012: John Chambers, for his contribution to the field of "formation and early evolution of the solar system" 2013: Patrick Michel, for his contribution to the field of "collisional processes in the Solar System" The 4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize is devoted to planetary sciences and specifically to studies on the non gravitational forces in the Solar System, both in their application to small natural Solar System bodies (e.g. the Yarkovsky effect) and to artificial objects (e.g., the effect of solar radiation pressure on the LAGEOS satellite and on space debris), which were among the major research interests in Paolo's career. The award ceremony will be hosted by the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) meeting in Cascais, Portugal, 07 – 12 September 2014. For the 4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize the terms and rules are as follows: A competition is announced to award the "Paolo Farinella" Prize for the year 2014. The prize consists of a plate, a certificate and the sum of €1500. The winner is expected to give a Prize lecture at the EPSC awards special session. The winner will be selected on the basis of his/her overall research results in the field of "non gravitational forces in the Solar System". Nominations must be sent by email not later than 30 April, at the following addresses: a.rossi@ifac.cnr.it, giovanni@iaps.inaf.it. Please download the nomination form here. The nominations for the "Paolo Farinella" Prize can be made by any researcher that works in the field of planetary sciences following the indications in the attached form. Self nominations are acceptable. The candidates should have international and interdisciplinary collaborations and should be not older than 47 years, the age of Paolo when he passed away, at the date of 30 April 2014. The winner of the prize will be selected before 30 June 2014 by the "Paolo Farinella" Prize Committee composed of outstanding scientists in planetary sciences, with specific experience in the field. The selection committee will consider all the nominations, but will be entitled to consider autonomously other candidates.

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