E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize

Since 2002, the Association for Logic, Language, and Information (FoLLI) has been awarding the annual E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding Ph.D. dissertations in Logic, Language, and Information, with financial support of the E.W. Beth Foundation

Nominations are now invited for the best dissertation in these areas resulting in a Ph.D. degree awarded in 2019.

The Beth Dissertation Prize is to go ahead in 2020 with a deadline extension to 30th of April 2020. Nominations are welcome for the best dissertations in the areas of logic, language and information, resulting in a Ph.D. degree awarded in 2019.

The 32nd ESSLLI summer school is postponed to 2021, due to the spread of CV-19. The Beth Prize will be awarded either through a virtual ceremony in 2020 or a presentation in ESSLLI 2021. The winner will be announced in early July 2020.


– A dissertation is eligible for the Beth Dissertation Prize 2020, if the Ph.D. degree has been awarded in Logic, Language, or Information between January 1st and December 31st, 2019.

– There are no restrictions on the nationality, ethnicity, age, gender or employment status of the author of the nominated dissertation, nor on the university, academic department or scientific institution formally conferring the Ph.D. degree, nor on the language in which the dissertation has originally been written.

– In accordance with the aim of the Beth Foundation to continue and extend the work of the Dutch logician Evert Willem Beth, nominations are invited of excellent dissertations on current topics in philosophical and mathematical logic, computer science logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, history of logic, history of the philosophy of science and scientific philosophy in general, as well as the current theoretical and foundational developments in information and computation, language and cognition. Dissertations with results more broadly impacting various research areas in their interdisciplinary investigations are especially solicited.

– If a nominated dissertation has originally been written in a language other than English, its dossier should still contain the required 10 page English abstract, see below. If the committee decides that a nominated dissertation in a language other than English requires translation to English for proper evaluation, the committee can transfer its nomination to the competition in 2021. The English translation must in such cases be submitted before the deadline of the call for nominations in 2021. The committee may recommend the Beth Foundation to consider supporting such nominated dissertations for English translation, upon request by the author of the dissertation.

The prize consists of:

– a certificate

– a donation of 3000 euros, provided by the E.W. Beth Foundation

– an invitation to submit the dissertation, possibly after revision, for publication in FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information (Springer).

Only digital submissions are accepted, without exception. Hard copy submissions are not allowed. The following documents are to be submitted in the nomination dossier:

– The original dissertation in pdf format (ps/doc/rtf etc. not acceptable).

– A ten-page English abstract of the dissertation, presenting the main results of each chapter.

– A letter of nomination from the dissertation supervisor, which concisely describes the scope and significance of the dissertation, stating when the degree was officially awarded and the members of the Ph.D. committee. Nominations should contain the address, phone and email details of the nominator.

– Two additional letters of support, including at least one from a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that awarded the Ph.D. degree, nor otherwise related to the nominee (e.g. former teachers, supervisors, co-authors, publishers or relatives) or the dissertation.

– Self-nominations are not possible.

All pdf documents must be submitted electronically, as one zip file, via EasyChair by following the link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bdp2020. In case of any problems with the submission one should contact the chair of the committee Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (m.sadrzadeh@ucl.ac.uk).

Beth dissertation prize committee 2020:

Samson Abramsky (University of Oxford)

Maria Aloni (University of Amsterdam)

Alexander Clark (Kings College London)

Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford University)

Robin Cooper (University of Gothenburg)

Guy Emerson (University of Cambridge)

Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)

Arash Eshghi (Hariot-Watt University)

Sujata Ghosh (ISI, Chennai)

Davide Grossi (Universities of Groningen fand Amsterdam)

Chris Haase (University College London)

Aurelie Herbelot (University of Trento)

Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)

Reinhard Muskens (University of Amsterdam)

Laura Rimmell (Deep Mind)

Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (University College London, chair)

Matthew Stone (Rutgers)

Jouko Väänänen (University of Helsinki)

Noam Zeilberger (Ecole Polytechnique)

The recipients of the prize have been:

  • 2019 Dr. Bartosz Wcisło , “Understanding the strength of compositional truth”, University of Warsaw
  • 2018 İsmail İlkan Ceylan, Query Answering in Probabilistic Data and Knowledge Bases , Technical University of Dresden
  • 2017
    • Antoine Amarilli, Leveraging the structure of uncertain data, Télécom ParisTech
    • Ronald de Haan, Parameterized Complexity in the Polynomial Hierarchy, Technical University of Vienna
  • 2016 Thomas Zeume, Small Dynamic Complexity Classes, University of Dortmund
  • 2015 Michał Skrzypczak, Descriptive set theoretic methods in automata theory, University of Warsaw
  • 2014 Thomas Graf, Local and Transderivational Constraints in Syntax and Semantics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2013
    • Wesley H. Holliday, Knowing What Follows: Epistemic Closure and Epistemic Logic, Stanford University
    • Ekaterina Lebedeva, Expressing Discourse Dynamics via Continuations, University of Lorraine
  • 2012
    • Andreas Kapsner, Logics and Falsifications, University of Barcelona
    • Daniel R. Licata, Dependently Typed Programming with Domain-Specific Logics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2011
    • Nils Bulling, Modelling and Verifying Abilities of Rational Agents, TU Clausthal
    • Mohan Ganesalingam, The Language of Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • 2010 Yury Savateev, Algorithmic Complexity of Fragments of the Lambek Calculus, Moscow State University
  • 2009
    • Emmanuel Chemla, Presuppositions and Scalar Implicatures: Formal and Experimental Studies, Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris
    • Lukasz Kaiser, Logic and Games on Automatic Structures, Aachen University
  • 2008
    • Tomas Brazdil, Verification of Probabilistic Recursive Sequential Programs, Masaryk University
    • Marco Kuhlmann, Dependency Structures and Lexicalized Grammars, Saarland University
  • 2007 Gabriele Puppis, Automata for Branching and Layered Structures, University of Udine
  • 2006
    • Leszek Kolodziejczyk, Truth Definitions and higher-Order Logics in Finite Models, Warsaw University
    • Chung-chieh (Ken) Shan, Linguistic Side Effects, Harvard University
  • 2005 Ash Asudeh, Resumption as Resource Management, Stanford University
  • 2004 John T. Hale, Grammar, Uncertainty and Sentence Processing, Michigan State University
  • 2003 Jason Baldridge, Lexically Specified Derivational Control in Combinatory Categorial Grammar, University of Edinburgh
  • 2002 Maria Aloni, Quantification under conceptual covers, University of Amsterdam
  • 2001 Gerald Penn, The Algebraic Structure of Attributed Type Signatures, University of Toronto
  • 2000
    • Jelle Gerbrandy, Bisimulations on Planet Kripke, University of Amsterdam
    • Khalil Sima’an, Learning Efficient Disambiguation, Universities of Amsterdam and of Utrecht
  • 1999
    • Peter Grünwald, The Minimum Description Length Principle and Reasoning under Uncertainty, University of Amsterdam
    • Matthew Stone, Modality in Dialogue: Planning, Pragmatics and Computation, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1998
    • Nir Friedman, Modeling Beliefs in Dynamic Systems, Stanford University
    • Lisa Matthewson, Determiner Systems and Quantificational Strategies: Evidence from Salish, University of British Columbia