Nomination of colleagues for IPA Awards

Dear Fellow Paleolimnologists: We write to invite nominations for the awards that IPA will present at the upcoming IAL IPA 2022 Conference, to be held in Bariloche, Argentina (27 November to 2 December 2022). As you may be aware, the conference will be held jointly with the International Association of Limnogeology (IAL), as was the case in Stockholm in 2018. This promises to be an exciting meeting! The meeting webpage is at https://www.ial-ipa2022.com/

Please consider nominating your colleagues for some of the IPA Awards. Note the IPA deadline for nominations is July 11th, 2022. Details and nomination procedures of our three awards are below. Details of the awards can be found at https://www.paleolim.org/awards and the relevant text is pasted below.


1. IPA Rick Battarbee Lifetime Achievement Award

The major award of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) is the Rick Battarbee Lifetime Achievement Award, which is a medal presented by IPA to the winner(s) at the international symposia. The award was initiated in 2008. Following a call for nominations from the Chair of IPA, nominators are asked to submit a one–page letter of nomination and a full CV of the nominee. The selection committee will be chaired by the Chair of the IPA Executive.

The following criteria are taken into account when choosing the IPA Lifetime Achievement Award winner(s): 1. Contributions to paleolimnology (judged by their papers, programs, inventions, students supervised, etc.); 2. The impact they have made on our science globally; 3. The extent to which they have promoted the use/value of paleolimnology in the wider field of science (e.g. by publications in peer–reviewed, non–specialist science journals); 4. Their contribution to the wider societal understanding of environmental change; 5. Whether this is the appropriate meeting for recognition or, given the merits of other nominees, whether recognition should be deferred until a future meeting. Historically, the award was given to individuals who have reached retirement age, though many such retirees continued to be active.

The winner is presented with a medal at our International Paleolimnology Symposia (IPS), is invited to deliver a talk at a special awards session at the IPS, and is encouraged to publish their talk (i.e. a summary of their career and reflections) in the Journal of Paleolimnology. IPA will cover IPS registration costs as well as reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.


Previous winners of the IPA Lifetime Achievement Award were Herb Wright, Dan Livingstone, Frank Oldfield and Walt Dean (at IPS 2008 in Guadalajara); Françoise Gasse, Peter Appleby, John Birks, and Ingemar Renberg (at IPS 2012 in Glasgow); Rick Battarbee, Hilary Birks, Roger Flower, Piero Guilizzoni, and Alayne Street–Perrott (at IPS 2015 in Lanzhou); Svante Björck, Daniel R. Engstrom, Sherilyn C. Fritz, Krystyna Szeroczyńska, and Sumin Wang (at IPS–IAL 2018 in Stockholm).

For the IPA Rick Battarbee Lifetime Achievement Award and the IPA Outstanding Service Awards, please submit your nomination package to Helen Bennion (IPA Chair) at h.bennion@ucl.ac.uk


2. IPA Early Career Researcher Award

The IPA Early Career Researcher Award, which was initiated in 2018, will be presented at our International Paleolimnology Symposia (IPS) to the successful nominee who defended their PhD thesis within the past 10 years. Allowances will be made for academic leave. Selection criteria will be based on contributions to paleolimnology, which may include, but are not necessarily limited to: academic excellence and publications, presentations at conferences and other venues, public outreach, leadership, and/or service contributions to the broad paleolimnological community. Nominations for people of diverse identity and researchers who originate from low– income and middle–income countries are encouraged.

Following a call for nominations from the Chair of IPA, nominators will be asked to submit a one–page letter of nomination and a full CV of the nominee. The selection committee will be chaired by the Early Career representative on the IPA Executive. The winner(s) will be presented with a certificate from IPA and will be invited to give a plenary address at the International Paleolimnology Symposium (IPS). IPA will cover IPS registration costs as well as reasonable travel and accommodation expenses. Previous winners were Jean–Philippe Jenny and Jennifer Korosi (at IPS–IAL 2018 in Stockholm).


For the IPA Early Career Researcher Award, please submit your nomination package to Fernanda Charqueño Celis (IPA Early Career representative) at feri2000c@hotmail.com


3. IPA Outstanding Service Awards

The IPA Outstanding Service Awards, which were initiated in 2012, were designed to honour those who have enabled the advancement of paleolimnology through their dedicated, effective and sustained support for our research community. This award may also recognise contributions towards promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the field of paleolimnology.

Following a call for nominations from the Chair of IPA, nominators will be asked to submit a one–page letter of nomination describing the service of the nominee. The selection committee will be chaired by the Chair of the IPA Executive. The winner(s) will be presented with a certificate from IPA and will be invited to say a few words at the International Paleolimnology Symposium (IPS) awards ceremony.

Previous winners were John Glew, Judith Terpos, Tom Whitmore, Bill Last, Tamara Welschot, and Eric Grimm (at IPS 2012 in Glasgow); Stephen Juggins and Richard Niederreiter (at IPS 2015 in Lanzhou); Oliver Heiri and Steffen Mischke (at IPS–IAL 2018 in Stockholm).

We look forward to receiving your nominations and to see many of you in Bariloche.