New Goldschmidt Lecture Honoring Robert Berner

Students and friends of the late Robert Berner have worked to establish an annual lecture at the Goldschmidt Conference to commemorate his intellectual legacy in geochemistry. 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). The lecturers are selected jointly by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. Contributions form an endowment to support the lecturer’s travel to Goldschmidt every year.

Joshua West_180Recipient of the inaugural Robert Berner Lecture:

Joshua West, University of Southern California

Dr. A. Joshua West is Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California. His area of specialty focuses on the chemical processes operating at the Earth’s surface, and how these processes maintain a habitable planet that supports life.

The first Bob Berner Lecture took place at Goldschmidt2017 in Paris. The lecture is a 30-minute keynote lecture presented in the appropriate topical session.


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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 R. Berner Donation page.


Send a nomination for future lecturers

The lecturer should be a mid-career scientist: he/she should have received their PhD at least 10 years and no more than 20 years before the Goldschmidt conference at which the lecture is presented (i.e., for Goldschmidt2018, the lecturer should have received his/her PhD between 1998 and 2008).

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 future lecturers should be submitted before 15 November 2017 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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