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Else-Ragnhild Neumann Award for Women in Geosciences

Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics/CEED will award the Else-Ragnhild Neumann Award for Women in Geosciences. The award goes to women who through PhD or postdoctoral work has made a significant contribution to research in Geosciences.

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The Else-Ragnhild Neumann Award

The award will be conferred to a woman that has impacted the field of Geosciences in a major way based on her Ph.D. and Postdoctoral research.

The award consists of a diploma and an honorarium of 50.000 NOK.

The award is named after Else-Ragnhild Neumann, Norway's first female professor of geology. It was first awarded at the Else-Ragnhild Neumann symposium / 80th anniversary on 7.12.18.

Requirements for nomination

The nominee should reside in Norway at the time of nomination. Women are eligible for the first 7 years following their degree, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career.

Call for nominations 2022: 

Nominations of candidates by deadline 15 October 2022 (pdf).

About the award

Else-Ragnhild Neumann

The Else-Ragnhild Neumann award honours the scientific contribution of Professor Else-Ragnhild Neumann. In 1981, she became the first female professor in Geosciences in Norway. Read more about her (in Norwegian): Et forskerliv i stein og vulkaner.

Neumann worked with the University of Oslo and are still active and publish about volcanism and links to mantle processes. She studied the Oslo region, the Canary Islands and other volcanic islands, the Siberian Traps and other areas that experienced significant magmatism.


Else-Ragnhild Neumann Award for Women in Geosciences goes to women who have made a significant contribution to geosciences in their PhD or postdoctoral research.

Else-Ragnhild Neumann is Norway's first female professor of geology.

The award was established in 2018.

Award Laureates


The 2021 award 

For 2021, the award has one winner. She was recognized at the conference "Ups and Downs on Planet Earth", organized by CEED at Voksenåsen, Oslo, 2.12.2021.

Prize winner Louise Mary Vick: has received national and international recognition within the field of geohazards and engineering geology. Her work is innovative and highly relevant to advance the understanding of the behavior of unstable mountain slopes in a changing climate. 

See also: Presentation and the nomination of the award winner.


The 2020 award

For 2020, the award had one winner. She was recognised at an digital event at Department of Geosciences, Blindern, Oslo, 18.12.2020.

Prize winner Ágnes Király: has outstanding results already obtained and on an important topic, with important implications in Geodynamics. She has a very good publication record and has given several invited lectures. The candidate is very promising young scientist.

See also: Presentation and the nomination of the award winner.

The 2019 award

For 2019, the award had one winner, and she was recognised at a special event in Toppsenteret, Forskningsparken in Oslo, 22.11.2019.

Prize winner Andreia Plaza-Faverola: the award committee concluded the research outcome of Andreia Plaza-Faverola deserves recognition due to its originality, high quality and impact. Her research in marine geophysics is original as she links gas emission occurrences in Arctic marine environment with the effects of glaciation/deglaciation and changes in tectonic stress.

See also: Presentation and the nomination of the award winner.

The 2018 award

The 2018 award had two winners, and they were recognised at the special symposium for Else-Ragnhild Neumann 80st anniversary on 07.12.2018:

Prize winner Anja Røyne: deserved recognition for her investigations of mineral growth in porous media, fluid and hydration and crystal growth that provides a very interesting contribution to the poorly known nano- and micro-scale processes.

Prize winner Grace E. Shephard: always make original, rigorous and very robust quantitative contribution on mantle dynamics. The analysis provides fundamental contribution on understanding the link between shallow surface process and deep mantle dynamics.

Awarded by

The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, the Department of Geosciences - University of Oslo Norway.

Published Nov. 22, 2019 4:24 PM - Last modified Dec. 3, 2021 1:52 PM