Associations Awards

The IUGG Associations offer numerous medals, prizes, and awards to honor outstanding accomplishments in their fields of research. An overview about all existing awards can be found at the webpage of the Associations.

  • Honorary Members. The Bureau may nominate persons who have given outstanding service to IACS to a Plenary Administrative Session for recognition as "Honorary Members of IACS".
  • Guy Bomford Prize. The Guy Bomford Prize is awarded by the International Association of Geodesy for outstanding contribution to Geodesy. It was established by the British National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics to mark the contributions to geodesy of Brigadier G. Bomford, formerly of the University of Oxford and a Past President of the International Association of Geodesy. It has been inaugurated by the IAG in 1975. The Prize is normally awarded at intervals of four years on the occasion of the IAG General Assembly held during the IUGG General Assembly. The following rules for the award of the Guy Bomford Prize may be altered by the IAG. Executive if a majority of its voting members sees a necessity to do so.
  • Levallois Medal. The Levallois Medal was established by the International Association of Geodesy in 1979 to honour Jean-Jacques Levallois, and to recognize his outstanding contribution to the IAG, particularly his long service as Secretary General, 1960-1975. The award of the Medal will be made in recognition of distinguished service to the Association, and/or to the science of geodesy in general.
  • Young Authors’ Award. The IAG Young Authors Award is granted at each IAG General or Scientific Assembly for important contributions of young authors in the Journal of Geodesy.
  • Honorary Membership. A person who has given outstanding service to IAGA may be elected at a Conference of Delegates as an Honorary Member of IAGA.
  • Long Service Award. The IAGA Long Service Medal honors outstanding long term service to the IAGA community in technical or managerial positions.
  • Young Scientist Award. The IAGA Young Scientist Award is given to young scientists who have made outstanding contributions at specialist meetings and workshops for which IAGA is a major sponsor.
  • The International Hydrology Prize. The General Assembly of IAHS held at Canberra in 1979 endorsed the principle of an International Hydrology Prize awarded annually on an individual basis in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the science. Nominations for the Prize are made by National Committees and forwarded to the Secretary General for consideration by the Nomination Committee. The Committee consists of the President and a Vice-President of IAHS and representatives of UNESCO and WMO. The International Prize in Hydrology shall be awarded to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to hydrology such as confers on the candidate universal recognition of his or her international stature. The contribution should have an identifiable international dimension extending beyond both the country of normal work and the specific field of interest of the candidate. The Prize may be awarded to hydrologists of long international standing or to those who, while having gained such standing only recently, exhibit the qualities of international leadership in the science and practice of hydrology. An active involvement in the work of IAHS and other international organizations in the field of hydrology should be counted as an advantage.
  • The Tison Award. The IAHS Tison Award was established in 1982 and aims to promote excellence in research by young hydrologists. The Award will be granted for an outstanding paper published by IAHS in a period of two years previous to the deadline for nominations. Candidates for the Award must be under 41 years of age at the time their paper was published.
  • The Prince Albert I Medal. The Prince Albert I Medal was established by Prince Rainier of Monaco in partnership with the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans. The medal was named for Prince Albert I and is given for significant work in the physical and chemical sciences of the oceans. The medal is awarded biannually by IAPSO at its Assemblies.
  • The Eugene LaFond Medal. The Eugene LaFond Medal shall be awarded to an ocean scientist from a developing country making a presentation (poster or oral) in a IAPSO-sponsored or co-sponsored symposium at the IUGG or IAPSO assemblies. Use the link below for information.
  • IASPEI Medal. The award of a IASPEI medal has been decided during the General Assembly in Melbourne and will therefore be given for the first time at the IASPEI Opening Plenary in Gothenburg. The IASPEI medal is awarded for merits in seismology: for sustaining IASPEI goals and activities and for scientific merits in the field of seismology and physics of the Earth's interior. The IASPEI Bureau is in charge of taking the decision about who will be the recipient. Nominations of candidates are collected by the Secretary General. The IASPEI Bureau is proud to announce that it has unanimously selected as the first IASPEI Medal recipient Robin Adams, who has served also as IASPEI Secretary General from 1979 to 1991.
  • Thorarinsson Medal. The Thorarinsson Medal honors the memory of Professor Sigurdur Thorarinsson who was born on January 8, 1912, in Vopnafjordur, eastern Iceland, and died in Reykjavik on February 8, 1983. Professor Thorarinsson is known for his pioneering work in volcanology, especially tephrochronology of Iceland. The medal was donated by the Iceland Geoscience Society. The medal is the most senior medal of IAVCEI. It is given every four years at the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly to a scientist of outstanding distinction who has made fundamental contributions to research in volcanology.
  • Wager Medal. The Wager Medal honors the memory of Professor Lawrence Rickard Wager of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, who was born in 1904 and died in 1965. Professor Wager is best known for the discovery of the Skaergaard layered intrusion and the first detailed structural, mineralogical and petrological study of such intrusions. The medal is given every two years (i.e. at both Scientific and General Assemblies, to a scientist up to 15 years after Ph.D acquisition, who has made outstanding contributions to volcanology, particularly in the eight-year period prior to the Award.
  • George Walker Award. The George Walker Award honor the memory of Professor George Walker, who was born on March 2, 1926 and died on January 17, 2005. Professor Walker's discoveries pioneered a modern quantitative approach to physical volcanology and greatly accelerated understanding of volcanic processes. The award is supported by the George Walker Fund. The award is given every two years to a scientist up to 7 years after Ph.D acquisition. The award recognizes achievements of a recent outstanding graduate in the fields of research encompassed by IAVCEI, or also a recent graduate whose achievements in volcanology involved operating in difficult circumstances. The winner will receive a certificate with a cash award.
  • Krafft Medal. The Krafft Medal honors the memory of Katia Krafft (1942-1991) and Maurice Krafft (1946-1991) who were killed while photographing a pyroclastic flow on Mount Unzen, Japan in 1991. The Kraffts were pioneers in filming, photographing and recording volcanoes. The medal is co-sponsored by the Krafft family through the trust fund "Volcanet Images". The Krafft Medal is awarded every 4 years at the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to volcanology through service to the scientific community or to communities threatened by volcanic activity. The Krafft Medal honors those who have shown altruism and dedication to the humanitarian and applied sides of volcanology and those who have made selfless contributions to the volcanological community.
  • Honorary Members. The Executive Committee will elect three Honorary Members of IAVCEI at every General Assembly. The first three Honorary Members were announced at a ceremony at IUGG General Assembly at Sapporo, Japan in July 2003. From 2004, three Honorary Members are elected every four years. Honorary Membership is given to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the volcanological community, and in particular to IAVCEI. There are no formal calls for nominations, but members of IAVCEI are encouraged to suggest names to the Committee through a letter to the Secretary General.