In the long tradition of the Prague Spectroscopy Conference Series, the organization will award the Josef Plíva Prize to the most outstanding oral communication presented by a young researcher/s. The prize will consist of a diploma and the recipient/s will be given a selection of spectroscopic books and a waiver for the conference fee of the 2020 meeting. Previous Plíva Prize winners are listed here.

Additionally the University of Valladolid (UVa) will sponsor two additional UVa Prizes to two oral communications by young researchers. The winners will receive a diploma and selection of books.

PCCP will sponsor two prizes to the best posters presented by young researchers. The winners will receive a diploma and vouchers of 60 euros for books.

Finally, the Dr. Barbara Mez-Starck Foundation (Freiburg) will award its International Prize at the Conference. This Prize was established in memoriam of Dr. Barbara Mez-Starck, and is annually awarded to outstanding contributions in the field of experimental structural chemistry and molecular physics, including mainly electron diffraction, microwave and high-resolution infrared spectroscopy. A list of previous winners of this Prize is available from the link above.


In order to be eligible for the Bilbao2018 Josef Plíva Prize, a Ph.D. student or young postdoc must be: a) the primary (first) author of the work being presented; b) assume the sole responsibility for the entire oral presentation, and be working for a Ph.D. or having completed it preferably within the last 12 months (at the time of the meeting). c) be younger than 35 years (at the time of the meeting). If a student wishes to enter his/her talk in the competition for the PRAHA2018 Plíva Prize, his/her research supervisor should send an e-mail to the organizers with the subject "Plíva Prize," certifying that the researcher meets all of the above requirements. The letter of certification should mention the title and authors of the oral contribution to be judged. The letter of certification is not a nomination letter and will not be considered by the prize committee members.

All candidates to the Plíva Prize will be automatically considered also for the UVa Prizes.

The same criteria will apply to the candidates for the PCCP poster Prizes.