SCAR Medals

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.