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: Prof. Hugo Bucher
Deadline: September 30th 2016.

Swiss Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society Prize

for the best poster and the best presentation at the SGM2016
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 2016 Medal must be born in the year 1979 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 2016 medal and cash prize will be awarded at the plenary session in Geneva (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: 1st May 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.

Weitere Infos und Teilnahmeunterlagen:

Einreichefrist: 18. September 2016 

ACP Award for Atmospheric Research

The ACP Award for Atmospheric Research is granted by the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Commission (ACP) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

The ACP Award is annually attributed to a young scientist for outstanding achievements during his/her PhD thesis in the domain of atmospheric research. The evaluation will be based on the submitted PhD thesis. Applications are possible until 18 month after thesis defense. The work should have been performed at a Swiss institution.

The award consists of a certificate, a citation and a donation of CHF 1000.
The award will be conferred at the ACP sponsored Symposium during the annual Swiss Geoscience meeting. The award includes an invited special lecture on the occasion of this ACP Symposium.

If you are interested then please download the detailed call (PDF) and the application form (PDF).

Deadline for applications is 31 August 2016.

Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology Poster Prize

The SSHL-SGHL offers two prizes for posters presented at the SGM: one for best research innovation and one for the best communication/design of the research. Posters must be on display at the SGM poster session for evaluation by the jury.

Deadline for submisson: see SGM abstract submission deadline