Young Karst Researcher Prize

Young Karst Researcher Prize

History and objectives of the Young Karst Researcher Prize

The Young Karst Researcher Prize (YKRP) was introduced in 2009 with the goal to encourage and promote young scientists in the field of karst hydrogeology. The prize is awarded once per year at the conference where the Karst Commission organizes its annual meeting. There are three awardees per year, but all three prizes are equal. The prize typically consists of a certificate, one or several books provided by our sponsor Springer, and some local gifts provided by the conference organizers.

The rules and criteria for the prize are as follows: (i) There is no absolute age limit, but “young researchers” typically include PhD students during or up to one year after completion of their thesis, but excellent MSc students are also eligible; (ii) Criteria evaluated by the committee include scientific novelty, practical relevance, difficulty and quality of the work, and quality of the presentation; (iii) Only oral presentations are eligible (because there is often another prize for the best posters).

Several former awardees have later joined the IAH Karst Commission and became active members and renowned karst hydrogeologists, which is exactly the idea and purpose of this prize.

Nico Goldscheider (Chairman 2009-2017)

Awardees of the Young Karst Researcher Prize 2009-2017

Compiled by Nico Goldscheider, Chairman 2009-2017

Awardees and committee of the Young Karst Researcher Prize at the IAH Congress in Dubrovnik, September 2017. From left to right: Nico Goldscheider (KC Past Chair), Jake Longenecker (awardee, USA), Giorgia Lucianetti (awardee, Italy), Chen Zhao (awardee, Germany), Natasa Ravbar (KC) and Francisco Fiorillo (KC)

Former awardees:

2017: Jake Longenecker (USA), Giorgia Lucianetti (Italy) Chen Zhao (Germany)

2016: Timea Havril (Hungary), Axayacatl Maceda (Switzerland), Lorraine Dewaide (Belgium)

2015: Amaël Poulain (Belgium), Caroline Dubois (Belgium), Sandra Oehlmann (Germany)

2014: Milan Radulović (Montenegro), Sebastian Schmidt (Germany), Adam Toth (Hungary)

2013: Amélie Dausse (France), Arnauld Malard (Switzerland) Ildikó Erhardt & Viktória Ötvös (Hungary, shared prize for a joint research work)

2012: Sanae El Janyani (France), Nicolas Peyraube (France), Owen Naughton (Ireland)

2011: Ben Miller (USA), Sarah Truebe (USA), Anita Erőss (Hungary)

2010: Lou Maurice (BGS, UK), Guo Fang (Guilin, China) Andrea Borghi (Switzerland)

2009: Andreas Hartmann (Germany), Caoimhe Hickey (Ireland), Gregor Kovačič (Slovenia)