About the F.G. Houtermans Award

The F.G. Houtermans award is bestowed annually by the EAG in recognition of exceptional contributions to geochemistry by an early career scientist. It is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist.

To be eligible, nominees must be within 12 years equivalent full time employment (in an academic environment) from the commencement of their 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 2023 F.G. Houtermans Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2010 at the earliest (but see information on career breaks here).
Nominations of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

We are committed to promoting the diversity of our awardees, to recognizing a wide range of different types of exceptional contribution, and we acknowledge the different career paths that lead to the achievement of such contributions.

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

Recipient of the 2022 Houtermans Award:
Raffaella Demichelis

Curtin University, Australia

Raffaella Demichelis is recognized for her important contributions to fundamental geochemistry by applying both ab initio quantum mechanical techniques and force-field based molecular dynamics to understanding the nucleation and surface geochemistry of biominerals, such as calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate. Raffaella has emerged as a world leader in the application of computational methods to such challenging problems. Read more

The 2022 Houtermans Award Lecture was presented at the Goldschmidt2022 Conference.

Citation by Andrew Putnis and Acceptance by Raffaella Demichelis

Former recipients of the Houtermans Award