The Copernicus Medal

The purpose of the Copernicus Medal is threefold:

  1. It recognizes ingenious, innovative work in the geosciences or in the planetary and space sciences;
  2. It recognizes exceptional efforts in the promotion and international collaboration in these disciplines;
  3. It is dedicated to colleagues in the midst of their scientific career (e.g. no later than 20 years after receiving the PhD degree).

Especially the combination of the first two criteria follows the spirit of Nicolaus Copernicus and the dedication of the Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V.

The Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V., the exclusive partner of Copernicus Meetings & Publications, solicits nominations of appropriate candidates from the international geo- and space sciences community. Candidate nominations should be submitted by 15 November. Please provide the following material:

  1. A CV (about 1 page) and a list of up to 10 selected publications;
  2. A concise statement of achievements (e.g. "for his/her pioneering and ground-breaking work on ocean dynamics and his/her excellent leadership in the XYZ Project");
  3. A brief encomium of the candidate and his/her work (1 page).

Please submit your proposals by email to:

The Copernicus Medal is presented annually. All nominations will be evaluated by an international and interdisciplinary committee. The winner will be awarded during a special commemorative ceremony.

Please note that this medal is not in competition with other medals presented by scientific associations and societies collaborating with Copernicus GmbH on conferences or publications.

Philippe Ciais – Copernicus Medal 2016

It is our great pleasure to award the Copernicus Medal 2016 to Dr. Philippe Ciais for his outstanding and pioneering work centred on the interactions between the natural carbon cycle, terrestrial ecosystems, and climate change.

Philippe Ciais received a Bachelor degree in Physics and a Master degree in Solid State Physics at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. His PhD thesis in Paleoclimate Studies at Laboratoire de Géochimie Isotopique, Saclay, France, is entitled 'Reconstructions of the Past 15000 years Climate Based on Isotope Records from Coastal and Deep Ice Cores in Antartica'. After a post-doctorate fellowship at NOAA-CMDL in Boulder, USA, he has been working at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, France, since 1994. Since 2006, he has been the Associate Director. More information can be found at:

Ulrich Pöschl – Copernicus Medal 2015

With great honour, we award the Copernicus Medal 2015 to Prof. Ulrich Pöschl for his outstanding and pioneering work on aerosol multiphase chemical processes and aerosol-health interactions as well as his contributions to open science through interactive open access publishing and public peer review. Please watch the medal lecture entitled 'Multiphase Chemistry and Open Access at the Interface of Earth and Life Science' at:

Ulrich Pöschl is director of the Multiphase Chemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He has studied chemistry at the Technical University of Graz, Austria, and he has worked as a postdoctoral fellow, research scientist, group leader, and university lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Departments of Chemistry and of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry and Biogeochemistry Departments; and at the Technical University of Munich, Institute of Hydrochemistry. His current scientific research and teaching are focused on the effects of multiphase processes in the Earth system, climate, life & public health ( Pöschl is actively engaged in the promotion of open science, and he is the initiator of interactive open access publishing with public peer review and interactive discussion (multi-stage open peer review) as established with the international scientific journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) and the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

Corinne Le Quéré – Copernicus Medal 2013/2014

It has been our great honour to award the Copernicus Medal 2013/2014 to Prof. Corinne Le Quéré in recognition of her innovative and world leading research on the carbon cycle, her initiative to organize internationally coordinated measurement of carbon in the earth system, and her effective communication thereof to government, industry, and policy makers.

Prof. Corinne Le Quéré is professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Her research centres on the interactions between climate change, carbon emissions, the natural environment and humans. She was author of the 3rd (2001), 4th (2007) and 5th (2014) Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2007. Further information can be found at: