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July 2020

New ISMC Co-Chair + Diversity Statement + Rien van Genuchten Award extended to 30th Nov. 2020


Welcome to Martine van der Ploeg as new ISMC Co-Chair!


First quarter 2020, the ISMC Executive Board elected Martine van der Ploeg as new Co-Chair effective from 1st July 2020. Together with Teamrat Ghezzehei, Martine will lead ISMC for the coming three years. Martine succeeds Harry Vereecken as European Co-Chair. The Executive Board, Chairs and Coordination office thank Harry Vereecken, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, for his leadership, dedication and commitment to ISMC over the past three years.


Martine van der Ploeg is Associate Professor at Wageningen University and Research. Her passionate involvement in the geoscience societies EGU, AGU, and SSSA reflect only part of her committment to foster science, generations of researchers and diversity in our communities. Martine has chaired numerous committees, provided high quality teaching at WUR in various subjects, driven scientific sessions at conferences, organized meetings, workshops and conferences, and is recipient of several prestigious awards. After hosting the ISMC conference in 2018, and chairing the CROSS Connect panel, we look forward for an inspiring three years ahead.


ISMC Diversity Statement


ISMC respects, values, and welcomes all people and their differences, and we are committed to action that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion in all activities. We trust ISMC members and visitors to ISMC activities to show that same respect.


Rien van Genuchten Award Deadline extended to November 30th, 2020


Along with the ISMC Conference shifted to May 2021, the Executive Board decided to also shift the deadline to later this year. The extension is valid for the ISMC Early Career Award and the Rien van Genuchten Award.

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

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 a cash award of $2,000. 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.

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