EGU Award Ceremony

Awards & medals Proposal and selection of candidates

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Proposal and selection of candidates

February 2019

Union and division awards and medals

Nomination guidelines

A person is eligible to receive one EGU/EUG/EGS medal only once in their lifetime except for the Union medals, which can be assigned only once to any person including previous division medal awardees. With regards to early career scientists, any person is eligible to receive one outstanding early career scientists award in their lifetime. This can be either the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists or a Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award.

All past EGU medallists and awardees are eligible for the Katia and Maurice Krafft Award, provided they have not previously received it. The same applies to the Union Service Award.

Moreover, the following individuals are not eligible to be candidates for medal and/or awards during their terms of service and one year after the term is finished (meaning that the nomination for these individuals cannot be accepted during their term, but can be accepted the subsequent year after the term ended):

Recipients of EGU (including EUG and EGS) awards, with the exception of recipients of the Katia and Maurice Krafft Award, the Union Service Award and the Angela Croome Award, cannot subsequently receive a lower level recognition from the EGU itself (e.g. a recipient of a Union medal cannot receive a division medal). It is possible to award recognition shared between individuals: in this case the relevant recognition will not subsequently be awarded for as many years as the number of recipients exceeds one. Members of the medal and award committees are not eligible for that medal / award in the two years after stepping down as committee members. Moreover, with respect to the awards and medals reserved for the early career and more recently established scientists we refer to the Union definition of early career scientist.

Any person can be a candidate for only one EGU division medal and/or only one EGU Union medal each year. An early career scientist can be a candidate for the Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards for one division only each year.

Medal and award committee members cannot submit nominations or write support letters for the medals or awards they are serving for.

Nominations for all the medals and awards are to be submitted online by 15 June midnight (CEST) of each year (absolute deadline). Only EGU members can submit nominations for EGU medals and awards. Then, proposals will be forwarded to the chair of the relevant medal committee. Nominations for EGU medals and awards are not automatically renewed for the subsequent year. A person can receive one EGU medal or award only each year, and self-nominations are not accepted.

The Angela Croome Award for journalists is the exception: nominations by both EGU members and non-members are accepted and self-nominations are possible. Past recipients are not eligible.

Nominations should include the following items in PDF format:

For the division and Union medals

For the Katia and Maurice Krafft Award

For the Union Service Award

For the outstanding early career scientists awards

For the Angela Croome Award

To increase diversity in the group of EGU awardees and medallists, we encourage the EGU membership to consider gender, geographical and cultural balance when nominating outstanding Earth, planetary and space scientists at various career stages.

Selection of candidates

Any EGU medal or award is selected through a rigorous assessment of the candidates and their merits. The EGU Council, the medal and award committee members and the Union and division officers are committed to soliciting the nomination of deserving individuals by avoiding conflicts of interest. Medals and awards may not be conferred in a given year if high-quality nominations are not received.

Candidates for the Union and division medals are evaluated by the respective Union and division medal committees (with the exception of the outstanding early career scientists awards) before final approval by the Council.

If only one nomination is received for a Union or division medal, the Union Awards Committee will assess the merits of the candidate and may seek the help of external peers to ensure that the candidate is high profile and deserving. The EGU reserves the right to not confer the medal when there is only one nomination.

The assessment made by the Union Awards Committee is approved by the Council before medals are conferred.

Candidates for the Union Service Award are evaluated by the Union Awards Committee and finally approved by the Council.

Candidates for the Katia and Maurice Krafft Award are evaluated by the Katia and Maurice Krafft Award Committee and finally approved by the Council.

Nominations for the Angela Croome Award are evaluated by the Angela Croome Award Committee and finally approved by the Council.

Candidates for the Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards are first evaluated by the relevant division presidents who forward the best candidate to the chair of the Union Awards Committee. Four candidates are then selected by the Council and awarded at the Union level (Arne Richter Awards for Outstanding Early Career Scientists). The remaining best candidates are awarded by the relevant division.

The president will then inform the awardees and medallists appropriately and will invite them to the next EGU General Assembly, where the awards and medals will be presented. The president of the division is then asked to take all necessary actions for inviting the division medallist to give a medal lecture at the General Assembly. The EGU office, on behalf of the chair of the EGU Outreach Committee and the EGU president, is asked to take actions for inviting the winners of the EGU Katia and Maurice Krafft Award and the Angela Croome Award to give an award lecture at the General Assembly.

In parallel, the Programme Committee of the next EGU General Assembly incorporates the corresponding potential medal/award lectures into the overall programme of the meeting, either as stand-alone talks or as invited contributions in selected sessions.

The Union awards and medals are presented by the president during the EGU Award Ceremony at the General Assembly, while the division medals are presented by the respective division presidents at the beginning of the award and medal lectures in question. The division medallists are introduced during the Award Ceremony.

Time schedule the Union and division awards and medals

1 January - 15 June Open for submissions
16 June – 31 August Survey of all suggestions by the respective award and medal committees. With respect to the Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards / Arne Richters Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists, the presidents of the divisions will evaluate their proposals, while the Council will select max. four candidates from all suggested by the Divisions.
1 - 30 September Peer assessment of the nominated candidates by the Union Awards Committee.
October Final approval of the candidates by the Union Council at its fall meeting.
October/November Awardees and medallists are informed that they will receive their award/medal at the next General Assembly of the Union.

General Assembly 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 and most importantly, to foster the excitement of younger colleagues in presenting their work in form of a poster and/or PICO.

Criteria for application

Eligible for the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards are students who:

  1. are first author and personally present the poster or PICO at the conference;
  2. satisfy one of the following criteria:
    • are a current undergraduate (e.g., BSc) or postgraduate (e.g., MSc, PhD) student;
    • are a recent undergraduate or postgraduate student (conferral of degree after 1 January of the year preceding the conference) who are presenting their thesis work.

Please note that each first author can register only one abstract (poster or PICO) for the OSPP contest at the General Assembly.

Procedure of application

Authors may express their interest in participating in the OSPP contest when submitting their abstract. With the letter of schedule, authors are informed about the final form of their presentation: oral, poster or PICO. In case of poster or PICO, students fulfilling the above criteria can register for OSPP by selecting the respective link in the letter of schedule. In case of more than one poster and/or PICO presentation as a first author, students are asked to decide which presentation should participate in the OSPP contest. The student names are then forwarded to the OSPP coordinators of the respective programme group. Authors receive a confirmation email after the OSPP registration deadline (which is about two weeks after the letter of schedule).

Procedure of selection

If you participate in OSPP, please attach the OSPP label (blue SVG, blue PNG, yellow SVG, yellow PNG) to your poster board. Alternatively, you might include the label in the poster itself. If you participate with a PICO, you are kindly asked to add the OSPP label to your PICO presentation header.

The OSPP coordinator of each programme group sends out emails to all (co-)conveners with the list of OSPP abstracts to be judged in their session and asking them to nominate three judges for each presentation before the meeting. The (co-)conveners obtain prior consent from the judges and may choose to do part of the judging themselves. To avoid conflicts of interest, judges should not be involved in the work or supervision of the student. The OSPP coordinator checks before the meeting that enough judges have been assigned to each participating poster or PICO presentation and may nominate additional judges if necessary.

Evaluation forms for each OSPP presentation will then be made available to all judges via a personal link to the OSPP online system. These forms include a number of criteria to be evaluated by the judges. Criteria include the scientific quality of the presentation, the design, and the student’s ability to answer questions, with marks given from 0 to 10.

The judges evaluate the presentations at the General Assembly during the poster session or the PICO viewing time, respectively. Note, that the two-minute presentation of PICOs is not part of the award evaluation. Each judge is expected to speak to the student during the poster/PICO session because this guarantees some extra attendance for the student, and because the student’s ability to describe and defend their work is part of the OSPP evaluation criteria. The judges are asked to work confidentially. The judges then fill in the evaluation forms online.

After the General Assembly, the OSPP programme group coordinator proposes a ranking among all the participating posters and PICOs (one combined list) in the programme group based on average marks that are automatically compiled from all evaluation forms. The top presentations of this ranking will get the award. The number of awards in each programme group should depend on the quality and the number of participating presentations in that year. In general, the number of awards should be small to keep the contest competitive and the award a special distinction. The programme group chair / division president ultimately decides on the awards based on the ranking, no later than two months after the General Assembly.

More information for coordinators, nominators and judges is available at the OSPP guidelines page of the General Assembly.

Award presentation

Each awardee is notified by the EGU OSPP coordinator. Awardees are asked to submit a short statement on affiliation and research interests (two to three sentences), a portrait photo and their PICO presentation or a PDF of their poster to the EGU Executive Office. The information is published on the EGU OSPP award website. The awardees receive a conference fee waiver for the next EGU General Assembly and are invited to submit a paper (where the awardee is first author) free of publication costs to one of the EGU journals. At the respective division meeting held at the next General Assembly, each awardee receives an award certificate.