Nominations for the 2023 Awards

The European Association of Geochemistry, through its awards, fellowships and special lectures, seeks to recognize outstanding contributions to geochemistry. The honors bestowed on our awardees recognize exceptional contributions at different career stages (see the criteria for individual awards below). 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.

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Awards. Please consider nominating a colleague, mentor, student, or peer for one of the awards below.

Several changes have been made recently to the nomination requirements and eligibility for each award. Details on how to make a nomination for each award are available by clicking on the appropriate orange button below.

Read the message “EAG needs you to nominate a colleague for an award today!” by Derek Vance, EAG President, which outlines the importance of receiving nominations from across the community and addresses some of the questions around awards.

All potential nominators and nominees should be aware that...
  1. Awards in any category are open to nominees who may be either non-members or members of European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society.
  2. Letters of nomination are welcome from current, past, or non-members of these societies.
  3. Here geochemistry is considered to be broadly defined to include studies of the chemistries of atmospheres, hydrospheres, biogeochemical cycles, and rocks / soils of Earth and planetary bodies.
  4. Geochemists working in all sectors and in all countries are a valued part of the international community, deserving of recognition.
  5. Nominators and/or nominees should ensure that any periods of part-time working, career breaks, compulsory civic service, significant periods of parental, adoptive, caring, bereavement, or sick leave, work outside of science and/or active research, severe and chronic illness, disability, and COVID-impacts are succinctly recorded on their CVs / in the nomination package so that sufficient evidence of this is available during assessment.
  6. An option to disclose limited demographic data for nominators and nominees on a discrete, secure, and entirely voluntary basis will be available.
  7. Assessment panels are encouraged to use the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment ( alongside society-defined award criteria and guiding documents.
  8. Award panel members are expected to have undergone unconscious bias training and are encouraged to consider the differing nature of opportunities among scientists based for instance on gender, ethnic background or geographic location, during the consideration of nominee rankings for any given category.
  9. Awardees and nominators should have a track record that demonstrates continued adherence to the conduct expectations of the societies (please refer to the code of ethics of the European Association of Geochemistry as well as to the Geochemical Society’s code of ethics). In case of any substantiated complaints or known infraction on the codes of ethics, the ethics committee of the societies will review evidence and the societies shall revoke prizes where it has been proven that the expected high standards of conduct were not met.
  10. The societies are keen to attract and encourage more talented researchers from underrepresented groups, and intersections thereof, to serve as nominators and be nominated for society awards.

The societies are committed to their recognition of inspirational and prominent figures in geochemistry representing the full range of talent in the community. We shall do everything possible to promote and encourage the success for all people. For example, we regularly review and revise processes to ensure that all talented applicants have an equitable chance to succeed. Plus, independent of the award committees and society executives we intend to develop a mentoring scheme for less experienced nominators to access as wished.

H.C. Urey Award

The H.C. Urey Award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career. The award is based on scientific excellence as well as the broader impacts candidates have made in their careers to date.

Nomination deadline: 15 November

Science Innovation Award

The Science Innovation Award recognizes scientists who have recently made a particularly important and innovative breakthrough in geochemistry. In 2023, this award will honour Nicholas Shackleton for his work in climatology. Nominees must be within 30 years equivalent full time scientific employ from the start of PhD, which must be completed (for the 2023 award, candidates should have started their PhD in 1992 at the earliest, but career breaks are taken into account).

Nomination deadline: 15 November

F.G. Houtermans Award

The F.G. Houtermans Award recognizes exceptional contributions to geochemistry by an early career scientist. Nominees must be within 12 years equivalent full time scientific employ from the commencement of their PhD, which must be completed (for the 2023 award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2010 at the earliest, but career breaks are taken into account).

Nomination deadline: 15 November

Geochemistry Fellowship

The Geochemistry Fellowship honors outstanding scientists who have made major contributions to the field of geochemistry. The award is based on scientific excellence as well as the broader impacts candidates have made in their careers to date.

Nomination deadline: 31 October

R. Berner Lecture

The R. Berner Lecture recognizes a mid-career scientist who has shown exceptional ability to define globally important biogeochemical processes, developed new understanding(s), and significantly advanced this area of research. Nominees must have received their PhD at least 10 years and no more than 21 years of full time equivalent scientific employ before the Goldschmidt conference at which the lecture is presented (for the 2023 R. Berner Lecture, candidates should have received their PhD between 2002 and 2013, but career breaks are taken into account.

Nomination deadline: 10 January