M.A. Blanco Prize

MiguelBlancoThe Inaugural Miguel A. Blanco International Prize for Early Career Work in  Charge Density

Call for Nominations

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Miguel A. Blanco Prize to be presented at the Sagamore 2018 Conference.

Miguel A. Blanco (1969-2010) (formerly of the Departamento de Química Física y Analítica, Facultad de Química, Universidad de Oviedo) was one of the most innovative and original theorists who has left his mark on the field of charge density research through several important contributions. Miguel’s premature death has deprived the community from many years of brilliance to come and from his generous and kind personality.

To honor the memory and the work of Miguel and to celebrate his inspiring spirit, the Miguel A. Blanco International Prize for Early Career Work in Charge Density will be awarded to one or a maximum of two early career scientists at every Sagamore conference with the inaugural prize to be awarded in Sagamore 2018 to be held in Halifax, Canada.

The Prize:

  • Free “honorary” registration at the conference and a framed Prize Diploma.
  • A 30 minute Award Lecture at the Sagamore Conference along with an “Invited Poster” by the Award winner.
  • An “Invited Award Paper” in Physica Scripta, the official physics journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science to highlight the work of the candidate in the form of a mini-review, short position paper. The paper must be written by the winner but can have co-authors as usual.


  • This prize is open for any person that satisfies the other criteria regardless of national origin, gender, age, etc.
  • The nominee should be an “early career scientist”, normally not more than 8-10 years of his/her date of obtaining the PhD degree.
  • Self-nomination or nomination by  a nominator are accepted.
  • Topics considered for this award include, but are not necessarily limited to, the experimental and theoretical determination and analysis of the charge density in crystals and/or in isolated molecules, Quantum Chemical Topology broadly defined, Bader’s Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM), analysis of the Electron Localization Function (ELF), analysis of the electron momentum density, etc.

Nomination Guidelines/Procedures:

  • The nomination should consist of:
  1. A cover letter explaining why the nominee’s work is deserving of this award and what was his/her contribution to the work (if published with more senior scientists) and what was the innovation and impact of the work.
  2. A CV of the nominee with a full list of publications.
  3. Three sample publications that represent the best work by the candidate.
  4. Whether this is a self-nomination or a nomination by others, at least two additional letters of support from recognized scientists in the field are required up to a maximum of four letters to be sent directly to the email below. It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that the whole package including the letters of support are received by the deadline.
  5. Any additional relevant information.

Selection Committee: See: http://www.sagamore2018.ca/organizers/

The deliberations and individual votes of the committee will remain strictly confidential and its decision cannot be appealed.