The Italian Society for Optics and Photonics (SIOF), in the spirit of promoting the study and development in optics and photonics, issues a call for one award of € 1000,00 (euros onethousand,00) for the best Ph.D. thesis. The prize will be delivered as a contribution to the attendance expenses for a conference, school, or any other similar activity, at the request of the winner.

The price is dedicated to young members who carried their activity at Italian Universities and/or Research Centers and whose thesis has optics and photonics as its main subject.

To apply for the call the candidates must have a valid SIOF membership, a master degree awarded between 01/01/2023 and 31/12/2023.


A committee nominated by the SIOF Board will select the two most valuable contributions for the prizes based on:

  • the evaluation by the Ph.D. committee;
  • all works published or in press, including publications on national and international journals, conference and workshop proceedings, internal notes, patents and any other documents attesting the ability acquired by the candidate in the fields of optics and photonics;
  • the thesis abstract.


The prizes will be announced and, if possible, compatibly with the commitments of the winners, delivered to them during the Italian Conference on Optics and Photonics-ICOP 2024 which will be held in Florence from 17 to 19 June 2024.

The application deadline is March 31, 2024. The submission template can be downloaded, in Italian or in English, by clicking on the link aside.