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SCAR Medals

2016

SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

  • Dr. Robert Dunbar, USA

Rob Dunbar 2016Dr. Dunbar, Professor at Stanford University, California, USA, has contributed many important advances to our knowledge of environmental changes in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean both now and in the past. In addition, SCAR would like to note his particular selfless dedication to scientific investigation, support of early career researchers, ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and the leadership he has given to the SCAR community.

After receiving the news about his award, Rob commented "Wow wow wow! That is my reaction as this is surprise – a really nice one! I’ve always worked in Antarctica as part of a team, sometimes as a team leader and sometimes as a follower – so any recognition for excellence in Antarctic research is in fact a tribute to lots of people and many programs. What makes me most happy is the recognition for international collaboration and for supporting other scientists – at all levels of experience. We have many scientific grand challenges to be solved in Antarctica, challenges that impact the entire world. We can only meet them by working together as scientists from many nations – and by making sure we have the next generation of Antarctic investigators well-trained, well-funded, and well-prepared.”

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

  • Prof. Dr. Heinrich Miller, Germany

Heinz Miller 2016Dr. Miller has an outstanding breadth of expertise and scientific contribution across glaciology, geophysics and applications to ice core research. Of particular note has been his active involvement in SCAR and significant contribution to large-scale international scientific projects, as well as his involvement in the Council of Managers for Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the Antarctic Treaty, helping link SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and his leadership in and vision for Antarctic science.

After receiving the news about his award, Heinz commented "I feel greatly honoured by receiving the SCAR Medal for International Coordination and I thank those who thought me worthy enough for this award. However, all I have ever done in Antarctic science was just governed by my fascination for science on and around this beautiful continent.”

SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Prof Jerónimo López-Martínez)

  • Prof. Francisco Hervé, Chile

1 Francisco Herve“Prof. Hervé was selected for his sustained scientific contributions and distinguished career, linked to Antarctica for 50 years and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to knowledge and impact on understanding of Antarctic geological history and its relationships with the Andes and South America. He has also developed and maintained relationships with many institutions and at least 50 scientists from 13 countries, in addition to his exemplary dedication to development of students and postgraduates, with the supervision of more than 93 degree, Master and PhD. thesis. He has served the community from relevant positions in international and Chilean scientific organizations and programmes, including 35 years of participation in SCAR subsidiary bodies. His generous, discrete and kind character, has gained the respect and friendship of numerous scientists around the world. [..]"

To read the full citation from SCAR President Jerónimo López-Martínez and the response from Professor Hervé, please click here.

 

2014

SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

Steven HS portrait 2014Steven L. Chown

In recognition of his extensive contributions to Antarctic science and policy and to SCAR

 

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

In recognition of the leadership and vision each has shown through their collaborative and coordination roles in the science community (Joint Award)

Chuck HS portrait 2014Mahlon (Chuck) Kennicutt II

 

 

Rasik HS portrait 2014

Rasik Ravindra

 

 

 


After 2012, the lengthy process of issuing formal citations and expecting formal responses was ended in favour of a simple certificate of recognition.


2012

SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research


SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination


SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Chuck Kennicutt)


2010

SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research


SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination (joint award)


2008

SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research


SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination


SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Chris Rapley)


2006

SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research


SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination


SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Jörn Thiede)

 

SCAR Medal Nominations

Nominations for the 2016 medals are now closed.

The following describe the criteria used by the Selection Committee to evaluate nominees. Submission of complete information for all nominees facilitates evaluations during the selection process. There are no age restrictions or limits on nominees and no higher education degree requirements - everyone is eligible to be nominated. However, self-nominations are not accepted.

The SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research:

This medal is awarded in recognition of sustained contributions to research over a career.  Selection is based on a person's outstanding contributions to knowledge and the impact of their work on understanding the Antarctic region, the linkages between Antarctica and the Earth system, and/or observations of and from Antarctica. Nominees are welcomed in all areas of Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. A distinguished career in providing scientific advice to policy- and/or decision-makers is also considered a demonstration of excellence in Antarctic research. Awardees should have a distinguished professional career history and have demonstrated involvement in SCAR activities. An extensive and highly cited body of publications and presentations documenting the nominee's contributions is essential. A record of prior recognition demonstrates the person's impact on their community including prizes, honorary degrees, and other awards. A succinct justification for the recognition, outlining the significance of the candidate's accomplishments, should be provided by the nominator (maximum length 400 words).

The following information regarding the nominee's career should be provided via the online nomination form (the maximum length for each section is 200 words):

  1. Breadth of research (e.g. range of research covered, interdisciplinary interactions);
  2. Importance of work (e.g. impact of research on colleagues, field/discipline, or on research and/or policy as a whole);
  3. Recognition of research impact (e.g. citations, awards, prizes);
  4. Publications (number of publications and list top five); and
  5. Contribution to advancing SCAR activities (e.g. connections to SCAR programmes and groups).

A maximum of three letters from others in the community who have been impacted by the nominee's work and/or are familiar with the nominee's contributions are recommended (two-page maximum per letter).  The letters, preferably in pdf format, should be available to upload during the nomination process.


The SCAR Medal for International Coordination:

This medal is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions to international cooperation and partnerships. Nomination of persons who have advanced SCAR's mission to initiate, facilitate, co-ordinate and encourage international research activity in the Antarctic region are encouraged. Awardees should have a distinguished professional career history. A record of recognition of international activities by their peers, including prizes, honorary degrees, and other awards, demonstrating the person's impact. The relevance of such coordination work should be demonstrated, for example with regard to capacity building, products of use to the wider community, data and information, etc. A succinct justification for the recognition, outlining the candidate's contributions to international coordination, should be provided by the nominator (maximum length 400 words).

The following information regarding the nominee's career should be provided via the online nomination form (the maximum length for each section is 200 words):

  1. Coordination activities (e.g. leading international programmes and partnerships);
  2. Importance of coordination activities (e.g. relevance to research and/or policy as a whole);
  3. Impact of coordination activities (i.e. impact on the wider community, relevance to capacity building, products, data and information);
  4. Recognition of coordination activities (e.g. citations, awards, prizes); and
  5. Contribution to advancing SCAR activities (e.g. connections to SCAR programmes and groups).

A maximum of three letters from others in the community who have been beneficiaries of the nominee's efforts are recommended (two-page maximum per letter).  The letters, preferably in pdf format, should be available to upload during the nomination process.


The Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is comprised of members of the SCAR Executive Committee (EXCOM), representatives of the SCAR Standing Scientific Groups (SSGs) and members of the SCAR Capacity Building Education and Training Group (CBET). Decisions of the Selection Committee are communicated to the SCAR Executive Committee for final approval. Final decisions will be made well in advance of the Open Science Conference Recognition Banquet, at which the awards will be presented, to enable recipients to be present.


Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Based on the information provided by the nominator, each candidate is scored on a numerical scale by each member of the Selection Committee. Each nominee is scored on their own merits on a scale 0 [Negligible Impact] to 5 [Outstanding Impact] for each of the categories on the nomination form. A final score is calculated for each nominee by summing the individual category scores from all committee members' score sheets. The awardee is the highest scoring nominee. In the case of tied scores, committee members will re-score the highest scored nominees on a comparative basis. This process will be repeated until a single, highest score awardee emerges.

 

Recognising Excellence in Research and Outstanding Service

An important SCAR activity is recognition of excellence in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research and outstanding service to the international Antarctic community, both of which are critical to advancing SCAR's vision and mission. Peer recognition is a way of rewarding and highlighting those who exemplify the best of the Antarctic community and serve as models for the next generation. SCAR created the medals to provide this recognition: the Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the Medal for International Coordination. To encourage nominations and ensure an open, fair and transparent selection process, recipients of the medals are selected by committee.

An additional award is the SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement.  The recipient is chosen by the outgoing SCAR President, who awards it on stepping down from office.

Details about the award criteria and the selection process for the Medals for Excellence in Research and International Coordination can be found on the Detailed Information page.

 

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
c/o Scott Polar Research Institute
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
Cambridge, CB2 1ER, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1223 336550
info@scar.org