Introduction

Excellence in geoscience and engineering deserves to be recognized and the EAGE Awards represent an important opportunity for EAGE members to celebrate significant technical, professional or societal contributions made by their peers and colleagues. Each year these highly regarded awards are presented to people who have made a difference in the world of geoscience, whether they be young professionals, high-flying innovators or lifetime achievers.

EAGE has a grass-roots process to encourage diversity in award nominations regardless of gender, background or nationality.Excellence knows no boundaries so take the opportunity to give someone a pat on the back by nominating a fellow geoscientist or engineer that you think deserves to win an EAGE award!

Overview Awards

Annually there are twelve EAGE Awards on offer, which are split into two groups. Five awards are given for outstanding contributions to various disciplines within geoscience and engineering, or to the community, or to both. Seven awards are given for the best papers published in the EAGE journals and for the best oral and poster papers from the previous year's conference.

You can make nominations for the five awards are given for outstanding contributions to various disciplines within geoscience and engineering or to the community.

A full listing of the Awards including a description can be found here.

Nominations

You can nominate any fellow geoscientist or engineer who you believe should be rewarder for his or her work by one of the EAGE Awards listed here. You can make a nomination by submitting the Quick Nomination form and later on a full nomination package.

Want to make a nomination? Read more about the full nomination procedure here.

All nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, consisting of around 15 EAGE members, which reports and makes its recommendations through its Chairman to the Board. It is the duty of the Awards Committee to ensure that any award made should meet the very high standards required. While all awards are available each year, they may not necessarily all be made, if a candidate of suitable calibre is unavailable.

Changes to EAGE Best Paper Awards from 2012

A vitally important part of EAGE’s activities is the recognition of significant contributions to geoscience and related engineering disciplines. In particular, outstanding technical publications deserve special recognition because they can plant the seeds for new lines of investigation or give new insights into the meaning of existing data. We are pleased to announce the creation of a new award and the revision of an existing award, beginning in 2012, to be attached to two EAGE journals.

Robert Mitchum Award for best paper in Basin Research

Basin Research, published by Wiley on behalf of EAGE and the International Association of Sedimentologists, is an international journal which publishes high-impact research papers on sedimentary basins as multi-component systems that are of interest to a broad spectrum of earth scientists. We are very pleased and honoured that Bob Mitchum has agreed to lend his name to this prestigious award which is intended to foster the aims and objectives of Basin Research. Bob is world-renowned for his pioneering achievements in furthering geoscientific advances in the field of seismic and sequence stratigraphy, and their application to sedimentary basins and petroleum prospectivity.

At Mr. Mitchum’s request, the Board approved changing the name of the new journal award at its initiation to the Robert Mitchum Award. The Robert Mitchum Award is to be presented to the author(s) of the best paper published in Basin Research in the calendar year preceding the award. The paper must be of high scientific standard and should represent a significant contribution to one or more of the disciplines represented by that journal. The Mitchum Award will consist of a certificate and a specially bound copy of the issue in which the pertinent paper appears.

Nigel Anstey Award for best paper in First Break

The existing Nigel Anstey Award, currently given to a member for a contribution of distinctly valuable and tangible bearing on one or more of the disciplines in our Association, is being reallocated as the award for the best paper published in First Break. We are conscious that it can be undesirable to change the prescriptions of awards since changes could be seen as compromising the value of the awards to previous recipients. However, the EAGE Board thinks it is appropriate to reallocate the Nigel Anstey Award as a best paper award, given Nigel’s outstanding reputation as an author, presenter, and tutor. We are most grateful to Nigel for his enthusiastic endorsement of the change.

From 2012, the Nigel Anstey Award is to be presented to the author(s) of the best paper published in First Break in the calendar year preceding the award. The Anstey award will consist of a certificate and a specially bound copy of the issue in which the pertinent paper appears. This reallocation of the Anstey Award to a published paper continues the requirement that the contribution has a distinctly valuable and tangible bearing on one or more of the disciplines in our Association.

With these changes, each of the five journals owned solely or jointly by EAGE will have its own best paper award. The selection process for all EAGE awards is carried out by the EAGE Awards Committee on a confidential basis, and the recommendations of the Awards Committee are subject to approval by the Board. In recent years, members of the editorial boards of the respective journals have been encouraged to make nominations for best paper awards, after the final issue of the year has been published. In future, the Awards Committee will also be pleased to consider nominations for best paper awards made by members of EAGE, just as they currently welcome nominations from members for the Erasmus, Schlumberger, Wegener, and Van Weelden Awards, and Honorary Membership. The deadline for nominations for the latter awards is unchanged as 31st October annually. The deadline for nominations for the five best paper awards published in EAGE journals is 31st December annually. Nominations should be sent to Marlies Kaal at the EAGE Head Office in Houten, either by post or [INVALID e-mail], and marked, "Forward to the Awards Committee."

Len Srnka, Vice President 2011-12
Don Milne, Awards Committee Chairman