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EGU awards & medals

Every year, the EGU awards & medals programme recognises eminent scientists for their outstanding research contribution in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. In addition, it identifies the awardees as role models for the next generation of early career scientists to foster geoscience research.

The EGU awards & medals programme features Union medals, the most prestigious awards, for life-time achievements or exceptional contributions to science as well as Union awards, such as the Arne Richter Awards for Outstanding Early Career Scientists. At the division level, the EGU awards various medals for active scientists, as well as the Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards.

In relation with its General Assemblies, the Union presents a number of special awards, such as the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards, to further improve the overall quality of poster and PICO presentations. Most importantly, these awards aim to develop early career researchers' excitement to present their work in the form of a poster and/or PICO.

In addition to their medal, recipients of the Alfred Wegener, Arthur Holmes and Jean Dominique Cassini medals also receive an honorary (life) membership. Other awardees (Arne Richter Awards for Outstanding Early Career Scientists, Union Service, and Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists) and medallists (Alexander von Humboldt and division) receive a complimentary membership for the year of their award.

Winners of EGU medals or awards can be nominated as EGU ambassadors. In this role, they are delegated to attend meetings hosted by other organisations, and to offer special presentations and lectures labelled as EGU contributions.

The list of all recipients of EGU awards and medals, including Union, division and General Assembly awards, is available in the past and present awardees section. For information on how to nominate scientists for EGU awards and medals, check our nominations page.

List of all EGU awards & medals

Union medals

Union awards

Division medals

General Assembly awards

Pre-EGU era (before 2002)

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) was established by the merger of the European Union of Geosciences (EUG) and the European Geophysical Society (EGS) on 7 September 2002, with the final stages of this transition completed on 31 December 2003.