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Outstanding paper award

The Executive Board of the European Microscopy Society (EMS) decided to instigate an annual EMS "Outstanding Paper Award". The award will go to papers containing original work in the field of microscopy which will be judged on scientific merit, technical and general quality, expected impact, originality and relevance to microscopy. Each year it is intended that one paper will be chosen in each of the categories of (i) Instrumentation and Technique Development, (ii) Materials Sciences and (iii) Life Sciences. The prize consists of 1000 (one thousand) euro plus a plaque for the first author (per awarded paper) in each category and printed awards for all authors.

 rules and regulations

 jury members

Submit [until February 15th, 2023]


Winners 2021 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: E. Silvester, B. Vollmer, V. Pražák, D. Vasishtan, E.A. Machala, C. Whittle, S. Black, J. Bath, A.J. Turberfield, . Grünewald and L.A. Baker, DNA origami signposts for identifying proteins on cell membranes by electron cryotomography, Cell 184 (2021) 1110-1121. 

2. Materials Sciences: D. Wolf*, S. Schneider*, U. K. Rößler, A. Kovács, M. Schmidt, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, B. Büchner, B. Rellinghaus and A. Lubk, Unveiling the three-dimensional magnetic texture of Skyrmion tubes, Nature Nanotechnology 17 (2022) 250–255 (online December 2021).

3. Life Sciences: R. Jones, G. Bragagnolo, R. Arranz and J. Reguera, Capping pores of alphavirus nsP1 gate membranous viral replication factories, Nature 589 (2021) 615–619.

*equal contribution


Winners 2020 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: D. Mahecic, D. Gambarotto, K. M. Douglass, D. Fortun, N. Banterle, K. A. Ibrahim, M. Le Guennec, P. Gŏnczy, V. Hamel, P. Guichard and S. Manley, Homogeneous multifocal excitation for high-throughput super-resolution imaging, Nature Methods 17 (2020) 726-733.

2. Materials Sciences: M. U. Rothmann, J. S. Kim, J. Borchert, K. B. Lohmann, C. M. O’Leary, A. Sheader, L. Clark, H. J. Snaith, M. B. Johnston, P. D. Nellist and L. M. Herz, Atomic-scale microstructure of metal halide perovskite, Science 370 (2020) 548.

3. Life Sciences: G. Wolff, R. W. A. Limpens, J. C. Zevenhoven-Dobbe, U. Laugks, S. Zheng, A. M. de Jong, R. Koning, D. Agard, K. Grünewald, A. J. Koster, E. J. Snijder and M. Bárcena, A molecular pore spans the double membrane of the coronavirus replication organelle, Science 369 (2020) 1395-1398.

*equal contribution  


Winners 2019 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: F. S. Hage, D. M. Kepaptsoglou, Q. M. Ramasse, and L. J. Allen, Physical Review Letters, 122, 016103 (2019), “Phonon Spectroscopy at Atomic Resolution”.

2. Materials Sciences: C. Barroo*, Z. J. Wang*, R. Schlögl and M-G. Willinger*, Nature Catalysis 3, 30–39 (2020) [published online 2019].  “Imaging the dynamics of catalyzed surface reactions by in situ scanning electron microscopy”.

3. Life Sciences: C. Cserép*, B. Pósfai*, N. Lénárt, R. Fekete, Z. I. László, Z. Lele, B. Orsolits, G. Molnár, S. Heindl, A. D. Schwarcz, K. Ujvári, Z. Környei, K. Tóth, E. Szabadits, B. Sperlágh, M. Baranyi, L. Csiba, T. Hortobágyi, Z. Maglóczky, B. Martinecz, G. Szabó, F. Erdélyi, R. Szipőcs, M. M. Tamkun, B. Gesierich, M. Duering, I. Katona, A. Liesz, G. Tamás, Á. Dénes, Science 367, 528-537 (2020), “Microglia monitor and protect neuronal function via specialized somatic purinergic junctions”.

*equal contribution 


Winners 2018 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: “Development of a high brightness ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscope based on a laser-driven cold field emission source”, F. Houdellier, G.M. Caruso, S. Weber, M. Kociak, A. Arbouet, Ultramicroscopy 186 128–138, 2018.

2. Life Sciences: “The mitotic spindle is chiral due to torques within microtubule bundles”, M. Novak, B. Polak, J. Simunić, Z. Boban, B. Kuzmić, A. Thomae, I. Tolić, and N. Pavin, Nature Communications 9, 3571, 2018.

3. Materials Sciences: “Reversible superdense ordering of lithium between two graphene sheets “, M. Kühne, F. Börrnert, S. Fecher, M. Gorbani‐Asl, J. Biskupek, D. Samuelis, A. V. Krasheninnikov, U. Kaiser and J. H. Smet, Nature 564, 234–239, 2018.


Winners 2017 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: “Hydrogen positions in single nanocrystals revealed by electron diffraction”. Palatinus, P. Brázda, P. Boullay, O. Perez, M. Klementová, S. Petit, V. Eigner, M. Zaarour, S. Mintova. Science 355 (2017) 166-169. DOI: 10.1126/science.aak9652.

2. Materials Sciences: “Carrier Localization in GaN/AlN Quantum Dots As Revealed by Three-Dimensional Multimicroscopy”. L. Mancini, F. Moyon, D. Hernandez-Maldonado, I. Blum, J. Houard, W. Lefebvre, F. Vurpillot, A. Das, E. Monroy, and L. Rigutti. Nano Letters 17 (2017) 4261-4269. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b01189.

3. Life Sciences: “Influenza virus genome reaches the plasma membrane via a modified endoplasmic reticulum and Rab11-dependent vesicles”. I. Fernández de Castro Martin, G. Fournier, M. Sachse, J. Pizarro-Cerda, C. Risco and N. Naffakh. Nature Communications 8 (2017) 1396. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01557-6.


Winners 2016 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: “Nanoscale thermal imaging of dissipation in quantum systems” ,D. Halbertal, J. Cuppens, M. Ben Shalom, L. Embon, N. Shadmi, Y. Anahory, H. R. Naren, J. Sarkar, A. Uri, Y. Ronen, Y. Myasoedov, L. S. Levitov, E. Joselevich, A. K. Geim and E. Zeldov; Nature 539 (2016) 407-410. DOI:10.1038/nature19843.

2. Materials Sciences: “Interface dynamics and crystal phase switching in GaAs nanowires”, D. Jacobsson, F. Panciera, J. Tersoff, M.C. Reuter, S. Lehmann, S. Hofmann, K.A. Dick, F.M. Ross; Nature 531 (2016) 317-322. DOI:10.1038/nature17148.

3. Life Sciences: “Visualizing the molecular sociology at the HeLa cell nuclear periphery”, J. Mahamid, S. Pfeffer, M. Schaffer, E. Villa, R. Danev, L. Kuhn Cuellar, F. Förster, A. A. Hyman,J.M. Plitzko and W. Baumeister; Science 351 (2016) 969-972. DOI:10.1126/science.aad8857.


Winners 2015 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: "Quantum coherent optical phase modulation in an ultrafast transmission electron microscope", A. Feist, K. E. Echternkamp, J. Schauss, S. V. Yalunin, Sascha Schafer and Claus Ropers; Nature 521, 200-203 (2015); doi:10.1038/nature14463;

2. Materials Sciences: "Imaging screw dislocations at atomic resolution by aberration-corrected electron optical sectioning", Yang, H., Lozano, J. G., Pennycook, T. J., Jones, L., Hirsch, P.B., Nellist, P.D.; Nature Communications 6, 7266 (2015); doi:10.1038/ncomms8266;

3. Life Sciences: "Imaging G protein-coupled receptors while quantifying their ligand-binding free-energy landscape", D. Alsteens, M. Pfreundschuh, C. Zhang, P. M. Spoerri, S. R. Coughlin, B. K. Kobilka and D. J. Müller; Nature Methods 12, 845-851 (2015); doi: 10.1038/nmeth.3479;


Winners 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: "Volta potential phase plate for in-focus phase contrast transmission electron microscopy", R. Danev, B. Buijsse, M. Khoshouei, J. M. Plitzko and W. Baumeister; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 111, 15635-15640 (2014); doi: 10.1073/pnas.1418377111 

2. Materials Sciences: "Polarity-Driven Polytypic Branching in Cu-Based Quaternary Chalcogenide Nanostructures", R. R. Zamani, M. Ibáñez, M. Luysberg, N. Garcia-Castelló, L. Houben, J.D. Prades, V. Grillo, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, J. Ramón Morante, A. Cabot and J. Arbiol; ACS Nano 8, 2290–2301 (2014); doi: 10.1021/nn405747h

3. Life Sciences: "Cryo-scanning transmission electron tomography of vitrified cells", S. Grayer Wolf, L. Houben and M. Elbaum; Nature Methods 11, 423-428 (2014); doi:10.1038/nmeth.2842

Winners 2013 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: "'A new aberration-corrected, energy-filtered LEEM/PEEM instrument II. Operation and results", R.M. Tromp, J.B. Hannon, W. Wan, A. Berghaus and O. Schaff; Ultramicroscopy, 127 (2013) 25–39; 

2. Materials Sciences: "Dislocations in bilayer graphene", B. Butz, C. Dolle, F. Niekiel, K. Weber, D. Waldmann, H. B. Weber, B. Meyer and E. Spiecker; Nature (published online); doi:10.1038/nature12780

3. Life Sciences: "A mammalian KASH domain protein coupling meiotic chromosomes to the cytoskeleton", H. F. Horn, D. In Kim, G. D. Wright, E. Sook Miin Wong, C. L. Stewart, B. Burke and K. J. Roux; C. Biology, 202: 1023-1039;

Winners 2012 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: "'Big Bang' tomography as a new route to atomic-resolution electron tomography", D. Van Dyck, J. R. Jinschek and F.R Chen; Nature 486, 243-246 (2012); DOI:10.1038/nature11074 

2. Materials Sciences: "Toroidal Plasmonic Eigenmodes in Oligomer Nanocavities for the Visible", B. Ögüt, N. Talebi, R. Vogelgesang, W. Sigle and PA van Aken; Nano Letters 12, 5239-5244 (2012);

3. Life Sciences: "Virtual nanoscopy: Generation of ultra-large high resolution electron microscopy maps", F.G Faas, M.C Avramut, B.M Van Den Berg, A.M Mommaas, A.J Koster and R.B Ravelli; Cell Biology 198, 457-469 (2012); DOI:10.1083/jcb.201201140

Winners 2011 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation and Technique Development: "Atomic resolution imaging in three dimensions", S. Van Aert, K. Batenburg, M. Rossell, R. Erni, G. Van Tendeloo, Nature 470, 376-377 (2011); DOI:10.1038/nature09741 

2. Materials Sciences: "Highly monodisperse core-shell particles created by solid-state reactions", V. Radmilovic, C. Ophus, E. Marquis, M. Rossell, A. Tolley, A. Gautam, M. Asta, U. Dahmen, Nature Materials 10 710-715 (2011), DOI:10.1038/NMAT3077

3. Life Sciences: "A Genome-wide multidimensional RNAi screen reveals pathways controlling MHC class II antigen presentation", P. Paul, T. van den Hoorn, M. Jongsma, M. Bakker, R. Hengeveld, L. Janssen, P. Cresswell, D. Egan, M. van Ham, A. ten Brinke, H. Ovaa, R. Beijersbergen, C. Kuijl, J. Neefjes, Cell, 145(2) 268-283 (2011), DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2011.03.023

Winners 2010 EMS Outstanding Paper Award:

1. Instrumentation: "Production and application of electron vortex beams", Nature 467, 301-304 (2010) by J. Verbeeck, H. Tian and P. Schattschneider, doi:10.1038/nature09366.

2. Materials Sciences: "Interpretation of electron diffraction patterns from amorphous and fullerene-like carbon allotropes", Ultramicroscopy 110, 815-819 (2010) by Z. Czigany and L. Hultman, doi:10.1016/j.ultramic.2010.02.005.

3. Life Sciences: "Superresolution Imaging of Chemical Synapses in the Brain", Neuron 68, 843-856 (2010) by A. Dani, B. Huang, J. Bergan, C. Dulac and X. Zhuang, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2010.11.021.

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