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Call for Nominations
  • Rien van Genuchten Award for advanced modeling of soil processes
  • ISMC Early Career Award


Deadline extended to Nov. 30th, 2020.


The biennial Rien van Genuchten Award is issued for outstanding contributions to the understanding of flow and transport processes in soils. It is dedicated to recognizing outstanding scientific achievements made by well-established researchers in the field of soil and vadose zone sciences. Granting merit to the scientific findings and breakthroughs in the soil and hydrological sciences by Rien van Genuchten, the award honors a senior/mid-career scientist with a certificate and an award of $2,000 in support to visit the bi-annual ISMC Conference. Along with the Rien van Genuchten Award, the ISMC Early Career Award is issued: The ISMC Early Career Award is dedicated to recognizing outstanding scientific achievements made by early career researchers in the field of soil and vadose zone sciences.

Nominators: ISMC members, self-nominations

Nominee: Open to the public; Availability for the ISMC Conference
Early career scientist: Less than 7 years from PhD
Senior/mid-career scientist: More than 10 years from PhD

Arbitration: The Award Review Panel firstly consists of selected members of the ISMC Advisory Board Board and Executive Board, who are later replaced by former awardees similar to the principle used at EGU. Members of ISMC Executive and Advisory Board cannot be nominated.

Nominations: are directed to the ISMC coordination office from 1st March 2020 to 30th November 2020. A decision is made by the Award Review Panel, shall be communicated to the recipients until 31 Jan. 2021 and made public thereafter. Nominations should include the following:

  • Nomination letter (one page). This must clearly detail why the candidate deserves this recognition, in particular focus on the candidate's scientific contributions to the field, their impact on the discipline and their implications for the future. The new views and insights that have been stimulated by the candidate's work are particularly relevant.
  • Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages). A summary of the candidate's CV, including the candidate’s name, address, history of employment, degrees, research experience, honors, and service to the community.
  • Selected bibliography (up to two pages). A list of selected publications by the candidate that best support the nomination. It should also state briefly the candidate’s total number and types of publications and citations.
  • Supporting letters. Up to two letters of support (maximum one page each) should be submitted. These letters should clearly establish the nominee's recognized contribution to the field.



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