The ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award

Apply before 1st December. See the details below.

ICO and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics have agreed to establish a joint prize reserved for researchers from developing countries (as defined by the United Nations) less than 40 years old (on 1st December of the year for which the award is given), who are active in research in Optics and have contributed to the promotion of research activities in Optics in their own or another developing country.

The prize includes:
  • A citation
  • An amount of US$1.000, donated by the ICO
  • Travel and living expenses provided by ICTP to attend a three-week-long Winter College at Trieste.
  • An invitation to give a to give a seminar on his/her work during the Winter College at ICTP

An email with all the documents must be send by the nominator to the chair person of the ICO Award: Prof. Nathalie Westbrook (

  • Signed letters including each nominator’s current affiliation and business address, describing the achievements for which the candidate is nominated for this award
  • A separate pdf file with a full CV of the nominee indicating the date of birth

ICO-ICTP Galieno Denardo Award
Golden Book

List of the ICO-ICTP Galieno Denardo awardees in reverse chronological order


Kok Sing Lim, Malaysia

“For his achievements in the field of optical fibre sensing and optical communications, and his substantial contributions to sustainable development in Malaysia through promoting the use of optics-based technologies in the industrial sector.”


Muhammad Faryad, Pakistan

“For his contributions to the understanding of light interaction with nanostructured materials, and applications in the area of optical surface waves, solar cells, optical metamaterials and the modelling of wave propagation in nanostructured media”.


Christian T. Schniegelow, Argentina

“For demonstrating chiral beams or beams with orbital angular momentum”.


Urbasi Sinha, India

“For her pioneering research in photonic quantum technologies, contributions to cutting-edge experimental research in quantum optics, and extensive and multifaceted outreach activities towards popularizing experimental optical science in India”.


Goutam K Samanta, India

“For his significant contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, lasers and quantum optics, as well as his efforts in popularizing science among school students in India.”


Mati Horprathum, Thailand

“For his valuable contributions in the development of optical thin-film technology for innovative surface functionality as well as for his commitment in the diffusion of optical thin-film research in Thailand.”


Jehan Akbar, Pakistan

“For his breakthrough contributions in the design and fabrication of high performance semiconductor lasers and amplifiers as well as for promotion of research activities in optics and photonics in Pakistan.”


Rajan Jha, India

“For his breakthrough contributions in the modelling, design and development of high-performance optical sensors and waveguides as well as for promotion of research activities in optics and photonics in India”.


Rim Cherif, Tunisia

“For her achievements in the field of nonlinear optics and in particular for her valuable contributions to the design of highly nonlinear fibers for supercontinnuum generation, as well as for her active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics and photonics in Tunisia.”


John Fredy Barrera Ramírez, Colombia

“For his breakthrough contributions to the field of Optical Encryption and its potential applications, as well as his promotion of research and training in optics in Colombia, and dedication to public outreach.”


M. Florencia Pascual-Winter, Argentina

“For her creative theoretical and experimental investigation of original schemes for coherent coupling of optical and microwave interactions in quantum memories for light, and for her commitment to the expansion of the scope of scientific collaboration between diverse research groups.”


Mohammad D Al-Amri, Saudi Arabia

“For his pioneering research in the field of optical lithography and microscopy, quantum teleportation and multi-qubit systems, and the reversal of weak measurements in optical systems, as well as for his leadership role in establishing a quantum optics research program at KACST, Saudi Arabia under difficult circumstances.”


Selçuk Akturk,Turkey

“For his valuable work in the field of ultrashort optical pulses and in particular for his contributions to the development of ultrashort pulse characterization techniques and their applications to ultrafast nonlinear optics”.


Ryan Balili, Philippines

“For his pioneering work in the trapping and condensation of polaritons, providing an important new system in which quantum coherence can be studied, and having potential applications in quantum information processing.”


Iván Moreno, Mexico

“For valuable contributions to optics in the field of radiometry and photometry of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that have significantly impacted the design of systems that use such LEDs.”


Cleber Mendonça, Brazil

“For the development of novel methods and procedures of nonlinear optics, in particular the use of femtosecond pulses and femtosecond laser micro-fabrication in polymers for investigating nonlinear optical properties of organic compounds, and for establishing effective interdisciplinary collaborations within Brazil”.


Saifollah Rasouli, Iran

“For his creative implementation of Moirè interferometry to fiber optics, optical metrology, and atmospheric optics, including measurements of turbulence parameters, and possible applications to wavefront distortion compensation in adaptive optics systems”.


Mourad Zghal, Tunisia

“For his original work in the development of numerical modeling techniques for photonic crystal fibres, microstructured optical fibres, polarization, and for his active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Africa.”


Svetlana Boriskina, Ukraine

“For her original work in the development of numerical modeling techniques for optoelectronic devices, micro-optical resonators, dielectric lenses and waveguides and for her active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Ukraine”.


Héctor Manuel Moya-Cessa, Mexico

“For his outstanding research activities on the foundation of Quantum Optics and for his involvement in organizational activities aimed at diffusing the interest on Quantum Optics in Latin America”.


Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn, Thailand

“For developing an optical touch switch based on total internal reflection (TIR) to be used by disable persons”.


Revati Nitin Kulkarni, India

“For her contributions in the field of Adaptive Optics”.


Imrana Ashraf Zahid, Pakistan

Dr. Imrana Ashraf Zahid from Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan, was awarded for her contributions in the field of Quantum and Atom Optics and Lasers.


Robert Szipöcs, Hungary

“For his research on femtosecond nonlinear pulse propagation in microstructured optical fibers, femtosecond time resolved spectroscopy and two-photon microscopy”.


Alphan Sennaroglu, Turkey

“For his work on spectroscopic investigation of new laser media”.


Fernando Pérez Quintián, Argentina

“For his work in light scattering, metrology, laser ultrasonics and interferometry”.


Arashmid Nahal, Iran

“For his wroks on the influence of the polarization on radiation-induced formation of spontaneous periodic structures in thin photosensitive films”.


Arbab Ali Khan, Pakistan

“For implementing quantum logic gates operating on atomic scattering by standing wave field in Bragg regime”.