About the Science Innovation Award

The EAG Science Innovation Award recognizes scientists who have recently made a particularly important and innovative breakthrough in geochemistry. The geochemical research must be highly original and contribute in a significant fashion to our understanding of the natural behaviour of the Earth or planets. Such a contribution must be in the form of a widely recognized important piece of innovative scientific research published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The EAG Science Innovation Award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 30 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2020 Science Innovation Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 1989 at the earliest.

The EAG Science Innovation Award subject area differs from year to year, according to the following five-year cycle:

2020 Werner Stumm Medal honoring his work in low temperature and surface geochemistry

2021 Alfred Edward “Ted” Ringwood Medal honoring his work in petrology and mineral physics

2022 Heinz Lowenstam Medal honoring his work in biogeochemistry

2023 Nicholas Shackleton Medal honoring his work in climatology

2024 Samuel Epstein Medal honoring his work in isotope geochemistry

The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference and consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros), a certificate and inclusion as a Geochemistry Fellow.

Recipient of the 2020 Science Innovation Award: Kevin Rosso

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Rosso’s genius has been to recognize the behavior and function of the electronic band structure, band bending, and the potential charge gradient buildup in semiconducting minerals. He uses these highly complex constructs to understand growth/dissolution, adsorption/desorption, aggregation/disaggregation, and catalytic activity that these critical minerals present with surrounding fluids and microorganisms. Key project include, but are not limited to (1) characterizing the kinetics and mechanisms of elementary charge and ion transport processes in redox transformation of semiconducting minerals, (2) predicting molecular-scale electron transfer kinetics in microbially-mediated reduction of bioavailable transition metals in subsurface environments, and (3) studying mechanisms of heterogeneous reduction of contaminant U(VI) and Tc(VII) by Fe(II)-bearing minerals. Read more

The 2020 EAG Science Innovation Award is named in honor of Werner Stumm for his work in low temperature and surface geochemistry.

The 2020 Science Innovation Award medal lecture ‘Understanding Torque-Generating Forces Enabling Crystal Growth by Oriented Attachment’ is presented at the Goldschmidt 2020 Virtual Conference.

View the Citation by Benjamin Gilbert and Mike Hochella and Response by Kevin Rosso

Former recipients of the Science Innovation Award