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:
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.
Former recipients of the Houtermans Award
- 2021 Paolo Sossi, ETH Zürich, Switzerland – Citation (video) by Hugh O’Neill and Frédéric Moynier and Acceptance (video) by Paolo Sossi
- 2020 Kun Wang, Washington University in St. Louis, USA – Citation by Frédéric Moynier and Acceptance by Kun Wang
- 2019 Stefan Lalonde, CNRS / Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, France – Citation by Kurt Konhauser
- 2018 Morgan Schaller, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
- 2017 Julie Prytulak, Imperial College London, UK
- 2016 Kate Hendry, University of Bristol, UK
- 2015 Caroline L. Peacock, University of Leeds, UK
- 2014 Liping Qin, University of Science and Technology of China
- 2013 James Day, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
- 2012 Frédéric Moynier, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
- 2011 Maud Boyet, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France
- 2010 Karim Benzerara, University Pierre et Marie Curie, France
- 2009 Nathan Yee, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
- 2008 Nicolas Dauphas, University of Chicago, USA
- 2007 Steve Parman, Brown University, USA
- 2006 James Badro, Institut de Physique du Globe, France
- 2005 Mark E. Hodson, University of York, UK
- 2004 Albert Galy, University of Cambridge, UK
- 2003 Jess F. Adkins, California Institute of Technology, USA
- 2000 Gleb Prokrovsky, Geosciences Environnement Toulouse
- 1999 Eric Hauri, Carnegie Institute, USA
- 1998 Terry Plank, Columbia University, USA
- 1997 Ken Farley, Caltech, USA
- 1995 Marc Chaussidon, CNRS Nancy, France
- 1990 Michel Condomines, Geosciences Montpellier, France