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AISB miscellaneous Bulletin Item

E W Beth Dissertation Prize: Call for Nominations


E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize: 2009 call for submissions

Since 2002, FoLLI (the European Association for Logic,
Language, and Information, www.folli.org) awards the
E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding dissertations
in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. We invite
submissions for the best dissertation which resulted in a
Ph.D. degree in the year 2008. The dissertations will be
judged on technical depth and strength, originality, and
impact made in at least two of the three fields of Logic,
Language, and Computation. Inter-disciplinarity is an
important feature of the theses competing for the E. W.
Beth Dissertation Prize.

Who qualifies.
Nominations of candidates are admitted who were awarded a
Ph.D. degree in the areas of Logic, Language, or Information
between January 1st, 2008 and December 31st, 2008. There is
no restriction on the nationality of the candidate or the
university where the Ph.D. was granted. After a careful
consideration, FoLLI has decided to accept only dissertations
written in English. Dissertations produced in 2008 but not
written in English or not translated will be allowed for
submission, after translation, also with the call next year
(for 2009). Respectively, nominations of full English
translations of theses originally written in other language
than English and defended in 2007 and 2008 will be accepted
for consideration this year, too.

The prize consists of:

* a certificate
* a donation of 2500 euros provided by the E. W. Beth Foundation.
* an invitation to submit the thesis (or a revised version
 of it) to the new series of books in Logic, Language and
 Information to be published by Springer-Verlag as part of LNCS
 or LNCS/LNAI. (Further information on this series is available
 on the FoLLI site)

How to submit.
Only electronic submissions are accepted. The following documents
are required:

  1. the thesis in pdf or ps format (doc/rtf not accepted);
  2. a ten page abstract of the dissertation in ascii or pdf format;
  3. a letter of nomination from the thesis supervisor.
     Self-nominations are not admitted: each nomination must be
     sponsored by the thesis supervisor. The letter of nomination
     should concisely describe the scope and significance of the
     dissertation and state when the degree was officially awarded;
  4. two additional letters of support, including at least one letter
     from a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that
     awarded the Ph.D. degree.

All documents must be submitted electronically to


Hard copy submissions are not admitted.

In case of any problems with the email submission or a lack of
notification within three working days after submission, nominators
should write to goranko@maths.wits.ac.za or policriti@dimi.uniud.it,
with a cc to bethaward2008@gmail.com.

Important dates:
Deadline for Submissions: March 16, 2009.
Notification of Decision: July 1, 2009.

Committee :

* Anne Abeillé (Université Paris 7)
* Natasha Alechina (University of Nottingham)
* Wojciech Buszkowski (Adam Mickiewicz University,  Poznan)
* Didier Caucal (IGM-CNRS)
* Nissim Francez (The Technion, Haifa)
* Valentin Goranko  (chair) (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
* Alexander Koller (Saarland University)
* Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa)
* Gerald Penn (University of Toronto)
* Alberto Policriti (Universit  di Udine)
* Rob van der Sandt (University of Nijmegen)
* Colin Stirling (University of Edinburgh)