Markus Seeger PhD Award Winner

The ESMI Award for excellent PhD thesis 2020 goes to Markus Seeger from Munich (now Boston) for his thesis on “Hybrid microscopy: A novel microscope integrating advanced optical and optoacoustic modalities for multi-modal examinations of biological specimens”

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Next application/submission deadline: 30 September 2021

There is one Award per year. Currently we accept applications with date of thesis defence between October 2020 and September 2021!

We would like to invite outstanding young scientists working in the broad field of Imaging Science to apply for the ESMI Award for excellent PhD thesis.


The society’s PhD Award for excellent PhD thesis is offered for the purpose of encouraging and rewarding outstanding research in the broad field of Imaging Science conducted by our young members. We are happy to support and highlight the efforts of our young members by raising awareness for their work and to acknowledge their contribution to thisinterdisciplinary research field.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The award application has to be submitted to the ESMI with deadline 30 September
  • The date of defense of thesis has to be within the current submission period (currently October 2020 to September 2021)
  • Applications can be submitted throughout the year
  • The nomination has to be supported by the supervisor(s) of the nominee 
  • Nominees need to be Members of the ESMI
  • All formal application requirements must be fulfilled

Nomination requirements

Your application must include:
  • the official full-text document of your thesis in a pdf format (send via email or any other resource like WeTransfer etc.)
  • the filled application templatedownload
  • accompanied by a letter of support from your supervisor – download
  • The use of provided templates is obligatory, all provided data is handled strictly confidential with e.g. respect to ongoing patent restrictions!

Successful candidates

  • you are invited to present your research within the scope of a Plenary Lecture at the EMIM – the ESMI’s annual meeting
  • your excellent work will be acknowledged with 1000€
  • you will get a nice and decorative Award Certificate
  • your work will be highlighted at the ESMI website and realted social media resources
  • one year ESMI membership incl. subscription to the MIB journal
Top Thesis Webinars Series 2021

A series of four short webinars highlighting the outstanding work of the runners-up of the ESMI Award for excellent PhD thesis 2020.

PhD Award Committee 2020
  • Emmanuelle Canet-Soulas – Lyon CHAIR
  • Guy Bormans – Leuven
  • Uwe Himmelreich – Leuven
  • Twan Lammers – Aachen, Germany
  • Adriaan Lammertsma – Amsterdam
  • Jordi Llop – San Sebastian, Spain
  • Rafael Torres Martin De Rosales – London
  • Wolfgang Weber – Munich
  • Albert D. Windhorst – Amsterdam
  • Giannis Zacharakis – Heraklion