Prizes & Awards

Swiss Commission of Palaeontology Prize

for the best paper and presentation in palaeontology
Age limit: 35
Prize: CHF 1000.-
Applicants must send their abstracts to the president: Christian Meyer
Deadline: September 30th 2015.

Swiss Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society Prize

for the best poster and the best presentation at the SGM2015
Only for Master or PhD Students
Prize: CHF 1000.- for best poster and CHF 1000.- for best presentation
More information is available on the following website:

Paul Niggli Medal

The Paul Niggli Foundation awards the annual Paul Niggli Medal to a young scientist who made outstanding contributions to the research fields of mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, resource geology or solid-earth geophysics. Candidates eligible for the 2015 Medal must be born in the year 1978 or later, or have received their doctorate in the last 6 years. The Paul Niggli Medal honours and supports young ambassadors of Swiss geoscience, who are either Swiss citizens or have obtained at least two of their academic degrees in the Swiss university system (BSc or MSc and usually their PhD).

The 2015 medal and cash prize will be awarded at the plenary session in Basel (provided a suitable candidate has been found)

Nominations should include a letter summarising the research achievements of the candidate, a curriculum vitae with full publication list, and at least one additional support letter. Please send your nomination, by electronic mail with pdf-attachments, to

Application Deadline for 2016: 31st March 2016.


CHGEOL, the Swiss Association of Geologists, promotes research that may have a sustainable impact on problems addressed by practitioners working in geological bureaus. (also see:

Each year, the most relevant publication in this field will be awarded CHF 3’000.– at the SGM

What is «relevant»?
In addition to innovative case studies in the applied earth sciences, other research results that may influence the daily work of practitioners in a significant way are eligible for consideration. Examples could include the development of a new apparatus, chemical analysis techniques or numerical modelling algorithms.

What publications will be considered?
University publications (e.g. bachelor, master, diploma or doctoral theses) or articles in refereed journals may be submitted.

Who can apply?
Any Earth scientist who is affiliated with a Swiss university.

How to apply?
Download the application form from and send it together with two paper copies of your publication to:
Dornacherstrasse 29 / Postfach
4501 Soloturn

Deadline: September 30th of each year

Swiss Geological Society Prize

The Swiss Geological Society supports a prize of CHF 3000.- for an outstanding Master’s thesis in Earth Sciences that was completed at a Swiss University during the year finishing at the end of the spring semester of the current year.

Applications, including a copy of the thesis (PDF format is acceptable), a short summary, as well as a letter of support establishing the excellence of the thesis should be sent by the supervisors to the president of the Swiss Geological Society (

Neil Mancktelow
Geological Institute
Sonneggstrasse 5
ETH Zurich
CH-8092 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0) 44 632 36 71
Fax: +41 (0) 44 632 10 30
Deadline: September 30th of each year

Schweizer Wettbewerb für Phänologie- und Saisonalitätsforschung

Der Wettbewerb wird jährlich ausgeschrieben. Er richtet sich an junge Forschende, die auf dem Gebiet der Phänologie und Saisonalität arbeiten.

Das Preisgeld beträgt CH 1’000.- und kann je nach Qualität der eingereichten Arbeiten in toto verliehen oder aufgeteilt werden. Das Preisgeld wird für Ideen und für das Engagement, die Inhalte der Forschungsarbeit einem breiteren Publikum bekannt zu machen, ausgerichtet.

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Einreichefrist: 18. September