Accommodation in student halls at Boston University
Offsite locations for various events
The conference has special rates at several hotels in close proximity to the Hynes Convention Center. We encourage you to book early, as there are a limited number of rooms available.
The following medals are due to be presented at Goldschmidt2018.
V.M. Goldschmidt Award (GS)
The V. M. Goldschmidt Award is made for major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution, or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. The award will normally be given annually at the V. M. Goldschmidt Conference.
F.W. Clarke Award (GS)
The F. W. Clarke Award is normally made annually at the V. M. Goldschmidt Conference to an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry, published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic.
C.C. Patterson Award (GS)
The Clair C. Patterson Award, recognizing an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade, will normally be made annually at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference.
Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture (GS)
In 2015, an anonymous donor made a major gift to the Geochemical Society to launch a new endowed lecture to highlight innovative research in biogeochemistry. The lecture will be given each year at the Goldschmidt Conference.
F. Earl Ingerson Lecture (GS)
The F. Earl Ingerson Lecture Series honors the Geochemical Society's first president. The recipient is selected annually by the GS Board of Directors, from a list of nominees provided by the Program Committee including suggestions from the community.
Robert Berner Lecture (GS & EAG)
The lecture was established in 2017 by students and friends of the late Robert Berner to commemorate his intellectual legacy in geochemistry. It is a joint program of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The lecture is on a 'Berner' subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere, etc). Lecturers are mid-career scientists, selected by the Berner Lecture Committee, then approved by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.
Urey Award (EAG)
The Urey Award is bestowed annually by the society for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career. The award is based solely on scientific merit and is presented at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros), a certificate and inclusion as a Geochemical Fellow. It is named in honor of Harold Clayton Urey, an American physical chemist whose pioneering work on isotopes earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 and later led him to theories of planetary evolution. More info
Nicholas Shackleton Science Innovation Award (EAG)
The EAG Science Innovation Award recognizes scientists who have recently made a particularly important and innovative breakthrough in geochemistry. The geochemical research must be highly original and contribute in a significant fashion to our understanding of the natural behaviour of the Earth or planets. Such a contribution must be in the form of a widely recognized important piece of innovative scientific research published in a peer-reviewed journal. The EAG Science Innovation Award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 30 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2018 Science Innovation Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 1986 at the earliest. The 2018 EAG Science Innovation Award was named in honor of Heinz Lowenstam for his work in biogeochemistry. The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros), a certificate and inclusion as a Geochemical Fellow. More info
Houtermans Award (EAG)
The Houtermans award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 12 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2019 Houtermans Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2006 at the earliest. The award recognizes a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry, published as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. It is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist. More info
Gast Lectureship (GS & EAG)
This award is bestowed jointly by the EAG and the Geochemical Society and has been named in honor of Paul W. Gast, the first Goldschmidt medallist (the Goldschmidt award is bestowed by the Geochemical Society). This lectureship is awarded to a mid-career scientist for outstanding contributions to geochemistry. The lecture is presented as a plenary at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference and consists in a certificate and an honorarium. The selection of the lecturer alternates between the GS Board of Directors and the EAG Council depending on the location of the Goldschmidt Conference.
The Geochemical Journal Award 2018 (GSJ)
The Geochemical Journal Award recognizes the most outstanding research paper published in the previous year as evaluated on the originality, quality and advancement of science, and particularly of geochemistry.
The 2018 Shen-Su Sun Award (The Shen-Su Sun Foundation)
The Shen-su Sun Award is to recognize exceptional geoscientists younger than 40 years, who work in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in commemoration of late Dr. Shen-su Sun for his pioneering and tremendous contributions to the geochemistry of the solid Earth and mantle dynamics, and for his unselfish and boundless mentorship to younger generations of scientists in the field of Geochemistry. This Award is presented by the Shen-Su Sun Foundation.
2018 Geochemical Fellows (GS & EAG)
In 1996, The Geochemical Society and The European Association of Geochemistry established the honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow, to be bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry. Recipients of the Goldschmidt, Urey, EAG Science Innovation, and Treibs Medals become Fellows automatically.
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EAG Science Innovation Award medallist, awarded for pioneering the field of deep-sea coral paleoceanography as well as for major contributions to our understanding of the controls on ocean salinity on glacial-interglacial timescales, the controls on precipitation and dissolution of biogenic carbonates, and the effect of sulfide weathering on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.
2018 VM Goldschmidt medallist, awarded for his work on light element stable isotopes; major, minor, and trace elements; paleoceanography; and paleoclimatology.
for demonstrating that isotopes in speleothems provide a record of temperature and rainfall in the continental realm complementary to the marine and polar records of ancient climates.
for work on fluid and melt inclusion studies, ranging from synthesis of inclusions and the study of their PVT properties to geologic applications documenting the roles of fluids and melts in the Earth and meteorites.
for major contributions toward understanding the redox-state and volatile budgets of planetary interiors, and in deciphering how these affect planetary evolution and physical properties of different parts of rocky planets. In trying to address these problems, he has made many innovative developments in high-pressure experimental techniques.
for his groundbreaking work in deriving global, averaged element cycles from the chemical and isotopic signatures in the Earth’s largest rivers, for pioneering methods towards using the boron isotope paleo-seawater pH proxy, and for his engagement in establishing a worldwide set of “Critical Zone” observatories.
Awarded for his contributions to the geochemistry of metals, metalloids, chlorine and bromine in natural waters, and the development of analytical methods used in geochemical studies, as well as his high-impact work on molybdenum speciation and uptake in sulfidic sediments.
for making pioneering contributions to fundamental aspects of aquatic chemistry, to the public health problem of arsenic contamination of drinking water, and to the interfacing of science and policy for sustainable management of water resources.
for her novel “boundary exchange” hypothesis, in which she identified a previously unknown process that may, in fact, serve as the principal source of many dissolved chemical species in the ocean. Once controversial, studies over the past decade have supported her transformative idea, moving the hypothesis along a steady trajectory from highly controversial to its now established position in marine geochemistry.
for being one of the leading scientists to push our quantitative understanding of aqueous fluid to higher pressures and temperatures than previously possible, and with that, drive new discoveries about what fluids in the lower crust and subduction zone can do.
for his seminal contributions to the fields of biogeochemistry and global elemental cycling. His work has focused on methane cycling in ocean sediments and waters in particular, and he was the first to discover and describe the anaerobic oxidation of methane.
for his great contribution to biogeochemistry through the development and application of microsensors for oxygen, sulfide, pH and other constituents. His accomplishments have been critical for our understanding of how microscale microbial and geochemical processes are linked to early diagenesis and element cycling.
for his creative, innovative and broad application of stable isotope techniques across the geophysical and biological sciences.
for discovering the characteristic timescales of terrestrial carbon cycling, pioneering the use of radiocarbon in earth and environmental sciences, and contributing new understanding of the impacts of landscape processes, land use, and climate on the global carbon cycle.
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for his work using geochemistry to solve fundamental geological problems; in particular the use of isotopes to characterise the age and petrogenesis of a variety of rocks, but especially granitoids, and to then use this information to understand crustal evolution.