Robert Berner Lecture

PoultonSimon Poulton Named 2018 Berner Lecturer

The GS and EAG are pleased to announce that Prof. Simon Poulton (University of Leeds, UK) will present the 2018 Robert Berner Lecture at the Goldschmidt2018 conference in Boston. Prof. Poulton was originally trained as a geologist, and his research focuses on geochemical and biogeochemical processes in modern sediments and waters, with a view to applying this understanding to ancient environments. Details of the lecture will be available in April.

About the Robert Berner Lecture

Robert Berner(1935-2015)

Robert Berner
(1935-2015)

The lecture was established in 2017 by students and friends of the late Robert Berner to commemorate his intellectual legacy in geochemistry. It is a joint program of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, presented as an annual lecture at the Goldschmidt Conference. The lecture is on a ‘Berner’ subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth’s surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere, etc).

Lecturers are mid-career scientists, selected by the Berner Lecture Committee, then approved by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Past Lecturers

Year Lecturer Lecture title
2017 Joshua West Sources of Atmospheric CO2 over Geologic Time


Support the lecture

Contributions to the Berner Lecture Fund go directly to supporting the lecturer’s travel to Goldschmidt every year.

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Through this site, donations will be processed in Euros however should you prefer to donate in USD, please use the Geochemical Society Berner Lecture page.


Submit a nomination for the 2019 Berner Lecture

The lecturer should be a mid-career scientist: he/she should have received their PhD at least 10 years and no more than 21 years before the Goldschmidt conference at which the lecture is presented (i.e., for Goldschmidt2019, the lecturer should have received his/her PhD between 1998 and 2009).

The lecturer should also has shown exceptional ability to define globally important biogeochemical processes, has developed new understanding(s), and has significantly advanced the corresponding area of research. The lecture will be on a ‘Berner’ subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth’s surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere).

Nominations for for the 2019 lecturer should be submitted before 15 January 2019 to EAG Office office@eag.eu.com or to Geochemical Society Office at awards@geochemsoc.org.

A nomination package should consist of:

  • Nominee’s CV
  • List of publications
  • List of recent presentations and link to webpage if available
  • A recommendation letter from the nominator

For further information please contact Michael Krom (M.D.Krom@leeds.ac.uk).

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