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 scientific employ 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 2022 F.G. Houtermans Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2009 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 2021 Houtermans Award: Paolo Sossi

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Paolo Sossi is recognized for his important contribution to isotope geochemistry and experimental geochemistry applied to the understanding of early solar irradiation, planet formation and differentiation, and quantifying the fractionation of isotopes of metals during planetary evaporation and core formation. Read more

The 2021 Houtermans Award Lecture was presented at the Goldschmidt2021 Conference.

View the video citation by Hugh O’Neill and Frédéric Moynier and video acceptance by Paolo Sossi.

Former recipients of the Houtermans Award