Science Innovation Award

Jess Adkins_180Recipient of the 2018 Science Innovation Award:

Jess Adkins, Caltech, USA

Jess Adkins is the Smits Family Professor of Geochemistry and Global Environmental Science in the Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech. He is a member of the Linde Center for Global Environmental Sciences and on the faculty of the Department of Engineering and Applied Science. Jess started… Read more

The 2018 EAG Science Innovation Award was named in honor of Nicholas Shackleton for his work in climatology.


Make a nomination for the 2019 Science Innovation Award, honoring Samuel Epstein for his work in isotope geochemistry, by 15 November 2018

About the EAG Science Innovation Award

The EAG Science Innovation Award recognizes scientists who have recently made a particularly important and innovative breakthrough in geochemistry. The geochemical research must be highly original and contribute in a significant fashion to our understanding of the natural behaviour of the Earth or planets. Such a contribution must be in the form of a widely recognized important piece of innovative scientific research published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The EAG Science Innovation Award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 30 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2019 Science Innovation Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 1988 at the earliest.

The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros), a certificate and inclusion as a Geochemical Fellow.

The EAG Science Innovation Award is bestowed annually but the subject area differs from year to year, according to the following five-year cycle:

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Nicholas Shackleton
Medal honoring his work in climatology
Samuel Epstein Medal honoring his work in isotope geochemistry Werner Stumm Medal honoring his work in low temperature and surface geochemistry Alfred Edward “Ted” Ringwood
Medal honoring his work in petrology and mineral physics
Heinz Lowenstam Medal honoring his work in biogeochemistry

Former recipients of the Science Innovation Award

  • 2017 Bo Thamdrup, University of Southern Denmark – Heinz Lowenstam Medal
  • 2016 Jon Blundy, University of Bristol, UK – Ted Ringwood Medal
  • 2015 Philippe Van Cappellen, University of Waterloo, Canada – Werner Stumm Medal
  • 2014 James Farquhar, University of Maryland, USA – Samuel Epstein Medal
  • 2013 Jérôme Chappellaz, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France – Shackleton Medal
  • 2012  Katherine Freeman, PennState University, USA and Daniel Sigman, Princeton University, USA – Heinz Lowenstam Medal
  • 2011  Kei Hirose, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan – Ted Ringwood Medal
  • 2010  William H. Casey, UC Davis, USA – Werner Stumm Medal
  • 2009  John M. Eiler, Caltech, USA – Samuel Epstein Medal
  • 2008  R. Lawrence Edwards, University of Minnesota, USA – Shackleton Medal

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