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Division on Biogeosciences

President: Giuliana Panieri (bg@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Cornelia Rumpel (cornelia.rumpel@grignon.inra.fr)

The Division on Biogeosciences integrates biological, chemical, and physical sciences dealing with processes and interactions within terrestrial and extraterrestrial realms through the current and earlier geological history of Earth and Solar system in general. Its focus is beyond the established scientific approaches embracing multi- and interdisciplinary understandings of the Biosphere functioning in space and time. In this division, we encourage the participation of scientists across different disciplines, including researches from the field of applied Biogeosciences as well as industrial professionals. Experimental, conceptual, and modelling approaches are welcome.

Recent awardees

Kurt O. Konhauser

Kurt O. Konhauser

  • 2019
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal

The 2019 Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal is awarded to Kurt O. Konhauser for seminal contributions to biogeosciences, in particular for exploring the role of microorganisms in mineral precipitation.


Antje Boetius

Antje Boetius

  • 2018
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal

The 2018 Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal is awarded to Antje Boetius for groundbreaking contributions to biogeosciences and spearheading research on methane-based metabolisms and the marine carbon cycle.


Alexa Wrede

Alexa Wrede

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Alexa Wrede A novel approach to predict bioirrigation and increase predictability of biogeochemical cycling


Ivan Prokhorov

Ivan Prokhorov

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Ivan Prokhorov Optical measurements of carbonate “clumped” isotope signatures


Jens Terhaar

Jens Terhaar

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Jens Terhaar Model constraints on the anthropogenic carbon budget of the Arctic Ocean


Selma Kambunga

Selma Kambunga

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Selma Kambunga Geophagy during pregnancy and its possible health impact: a case study from Onangama village, northern Namibia

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

This month the EGU President Alberto Montanari wrote an open letter to funding agencies with information on the assessment of presentations given at EGU scientific meetings. The letter emphasises that there is no distinction regarding the standing, quality or prestige of oral, poster, or PICO presentations at the EGU General Assembly and recommends that funding agencies do not use presentation type as a criterion for assessing the scientific value of contributions.

In other important news this month, the EGU has launched Weather and Climate Dynamics, a new open-access, two-stage journal with open review dedicated to the publication and public discussion of high-quality research on dynamical processes in the atmosphere. The journal is now open for submissions.

Next month brings two important EGU deadlines. The call for candidates for EGU Union President, General Secretary and Division Presidents is open until 15 September: we encourage EGU members to nominate themselves or propose a candidate. Before that, 5 September is the deadline to submit session proposals and short course ideas to the EGU General Assembly 2020. Contribute to the conference programme by submitting your proposals.

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