Awards of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)
Updated June 2022
The International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) (henceforth, “the Society”) provides awards in the following categories: Fellowships, Biennial Medals, Early Career Research Excellence Prizes, and Student Prizes.
Fellowships are intended to be awarded in every odd-numbered year in between the Society’s Biennial Conferences. Biennial Medals, Early Career Research Excellence (ECRE) Prizes, and Student Prizes are intended to be awarded in every even-numbered year to coincide with the Society’s Biennial Conferences.
An Awards Committee and its Chair for the following two years will be determined at each Biennial General Meeting. The Committee composition will recognise diversity in terms of gender, geography and domains of research interest. It will have a minimum of four members and not more than 10. The Committee will make recommendations on Fellowships, Biennial Medals and ECRE awards for approval by the iEMSs Office and the Board of Directors.
Any active member of the Society may be nominated for a Fellowship, Biennial Medal or ECRE award. Self-nominations are not accepted. There must be a proposer and seconder who are both members of the Society at the time of submission. Candidates will be notified of their nomination by proposers.
Nominations will be called normally in the first half of odd years for Fellowships and the first half of even years for Biennial medals and ECREs. The information regarding the call, including the submission mechanism, will be disseminated through the members mailing list and also be available on iemss.org. In general, nominations will be required to be submitted through online forms on the iEMSs website. Nominations will require a supporting statement of no more 3,500 characters addressing the aims of the award (see below), and a curriculum vitae of the nominee that includes a publication list. The required limit of the CV length and publication list will be specified with each call for nominations.
- In every odd-numbered year, the Society will confer Fellowships, traditionally three in number, for: “Unselfish dedication to promoting the aims of the Society, and for outstanding contributions to environmental modelling and software.”
- Fellows are entitled to use the postnominal “FIEMSS”.
- Fellowships commenced in 2003.
- Any President will automatically become a Fellow on retiring from the position.
- Biennial Medals:
- In every even-numbered year, to coincide with the Biennial Conference, the Society will confer Biennial Medals, traditionally two or three in number, for: “Exceptional research and sustained contributions to environmental modelling and software, and for promoting the aims of the Society.”
- Biennial Medals commenced in 2004.
- Early Career Research Excellence Prizes:
- In every even-numbered year, to coincide with the Biennial Conference, the Society will confer Early Career Research Excellence Prizes, traditionally 3-5 in number, for: “Early career research excellence in environmental modelling and software.”
- An early career researcher should have graduated with a PhD degree or equivalent within seven years of being nominated for the award, with due consideration for extension of time given to leave and part-time employment
- Early Career Research Excellence Prizes commenced in 2004.
- Student Prizes for Presentations:
- In every even-numbered year, at the Biennial Conference, the Society will confer Student Prizes recognising the top tier of presentations
- Student Prizes were first awarded at the Inaugural Biennial Conference in 2002.
- Consideration for Student Prizes is through self-nomination to the Convenor of the Biennial Conference before the commencement of the conference.
- The Convenor of the Biennial Conference and the President will appoint the Student Prize Committee. At least two members of the Committee will attend and assess each student, scoring specified characteristics of the presentation.