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MANLIO DE DOMENICO won the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics – 2020 edition

October 4, 2021

The Award of the German Physical Society annually recognizes outstanding original contributions that use physical methods to develop a better understanding of socio-economic problems

The annually awarded prize is endowed with EUR 5,000 and is intended for young scientists below the age of 40 at the time of submission deadline (1st December).

The division of socio-economic physics is part of the German Physical Society (DPG). Its aims are to foster research on these topics and to coordinate our activities and those of similar societies across Europe, and to interest young physicists in economic, urban, and social problems.

The prize is awarded during the meeting of the Section of condensed matter of the DPG.

For the 2020 edition the FBK researcher MANLIO DE DOMENICO, head of CoMuNe Lab, is one of the 2 co-winners.

The other aknowledgement goes to Roberta Sinatra, Associate Professor at IT University of Copenhagen.

The prize is awarded by the German Physics Society, the world’s oldest physics society, to physicists and mathematicians who have remarkably contributed to the study of economic and socio-economic systems.

Some really illustrious people won it before. Previous Awardees of the YSA:

I’m really happy that my studies on multilayer complex networks have helped us to better understand social systems, in particular socio-technical and socio-ecological ones, and I am more than happy with this very important recognition by the physics community. The interesting thing is that for the first time it was assigned to 2 people together, and in my case the other person is a colleague of mine at the University of Catania. I moved my first steps in the world of complexity right there, during my doctorate at the “Scuola Superiore di Catania”. It’s nice that we have achieved this recognition years later, together.” (MANLIO DE DOMENICO, Head of CoMuNe Lab @ FBK)

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