[DL] Beth Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2020: Call for Nominations

Sadrzadeh, Mehrnoosh m.sadrzadeh at ucl.ac.uk
Tue Mar 17 12:09:14 CET 2020

Dear all,

Hope you are keeping well from the Covid-19  in these precautionary times and sorry to bother you. The second call for nominations for the Beth Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2020 is out and  I was wondering if you could help spread the word and  to known candidates or mailing lists.


Second Call for Nominations: E. W. Beth Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2020

Since 2002, the Association for Logic, Language, and Information (FoLLI) has been awarding the annual E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding Ph.D. dissertations in Logic, Language, and Information (http://www.folli.info/?page_id=74), with financial support of the E.W. Beth Foundation (https://www.knaw.nl/en/awards/funds/evert-willem-beth-stichting/evert-willem-beth-foundation). Nominations are now invited for the best dissertation in these areas resulting in a Ph.D. degree awarded in 2019.

The deadline for nominations is the 15th of April 2020.


  - A dissertation is eligible for the Beth Dissertation Prize 2020, if the Ph.D. degree has been awarded in Logic, Language, or Information between January 1st and December 31st, 2019.
  - There are no restrictions on the nationality, ethnicity, age, gender or employment status of the author of the nominated dissertation, nor on the university, academic department or scientific institution formally conferring the Ph.D. degree, nor on the language in which the dissertation has originally been written.
  -  In accordance with the aim of the Beth Foundation to continue and extend the work of the Dutch logician Evert Willem Beth, nominations are invited of excellent dissertations on current topics in philosophical and mathematical logic, computer science logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, history of logic, history of the philosophy of science and scientific philosophy in general, as well as the current theoretical and foundational developments in information and computation, language and cognition. Dissertations with results more broadly impacting various research areas in their interdisciplinary investigations are especially solicited.
  -  If a nominated dissertation has originally been written in a language other than English, its dossier should still contain the required 10 page English abstract, see below. If the committee decides that a nominated dissertation in a language other than English requires translation to English for proper evaluation, the committee can transfer its nomination to the competition in 2021. The English translation must in such cases be submitted before the deadline of the call for nominations in 2021. The committee may recommend the Beth Foundation to consider supporting such nominated dissertations for English translation, upon request by the author of the dissertation.

The prize consists of:

  - a certificate
  - a donation of 3000 euros, provided by the E.W. Beth Foundation
  - an invitation to submit the dissertation, possibly after revision, for publication in FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information (Springer).

Only digital submissions are accepted, without exception. Hard copy submissions are not allowed. The following documents are to be submitted in the nomination dossier:

  - The original dissertation in pdf format (ps/doc/rtf etc. not acceptable).
  - A ten-page English abstract of the dissertation, presenting the main results of each chapter.
  - A letter of nomination from the dissertation supervisor, which concisely describes the scope and significance of the dissertation, stating when the degree was officially awarded and the members of the Ph.D. committee. Nominations should contain the address, phone and email details of the nominator.
  - Two additional letters of support, including at least one from a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that awarded the Ph.D. degree, nor otherwise related to the nominee (e.g. former teachers, supervisors, co-authors, publishers or relatives) or the dissertation.
  - Self-nominations are not possible.

All pdf documents must be submitted electronically, as one zip file, via EasyChair by following the link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bdp2020. In case of any problems or questions please contact the chair of the committee Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (m.sadrzadeh at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:m.sadrzadeh at ucl.ac.uk>).

The prize will be awarded by the chair of the FoLLI board at a ceremony during the 32nd ESSLLI summer school in University of Utrecht, August 3-14, 2020.

Beth dissertation prize committee 2020:

Samson Abramsky (University of Oxford)
Maria Aloni (University of Amsterdam)
Alexander Clark (Kings College London)
Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford University)
Robin Cooper (University of Gothenburg)
Guy Emerson (University of Cambridge)
Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)
Arash Eshghi (Hariot-Watt University)
Sujata Ghosh (ISI, Chennai)
Davide Grossi (Universities of Groningen and Amsterdam)
Chris Haase (University College London)
Aurelie Herbelot (University of Trento)
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)
Reinhard Muskens (University of Amsterdam)
Laura Rimmell (Deep Mind)
Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (University College London, chair)
Matthew Stone (Rutgers)
Jouko Vaananen (University of Helsinki)
Noam Zeilberger (Ecole Polytechnique)

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