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Martin Schäfer, a graduate of the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering (FJFI) and an employee of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the CAS, won the second prize of this year's Henri Becquerel Prize for Nuclear Research. Ondřej Novák from the Department of Nuclear Reactors at FJFI was third. The prizes awarded by the French Embassy in the Czech Republic were presented by Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Pavel Doleček, Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research (MŠMT), and French Ambassador Alexis Dutertre.

Martin Schäfer succeeded with his PhD thesis Interactions of hadrons in few-body systems, Ondřej Novák with his thesis Development of an experimental device for the study of neutron flux density deformation due to the drop of the control rod into the reactor core. The first prize was awarded to Lenka Kubíčková, a student of Charles University.

A total of 71 candidates under the age of 33, nominated by a university or the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic on the basis of the quality of their research work during their doctoral studies, took part in the competition. Details can be found on the French Institute's website.

Photography, courtesy of: Francouzský institut v Praze