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Awards

Every year the Swiss Geological Society presents the following prizes:

  • The Paul Niggli Medal
  • The Amanz Gressly Prize
  • A cash prize of CHF 3000 for the best MSc thesis at a Swiss institution
  • Travel and conference awards to attend national and international conferences
  • The Oswald Heer-Preis (2017)

Paul Niggli Medal

The Board of the Paul Niggli Foundation decided, in their session of 2 June 2022, to award the Paul Niggli Medal for the year 2022 to Juliana Troch, in recognition of her innovative research combining field work, experimental petrology and modelling to understand the evolution of fluids in magmatic systems. The citation from Prof. P. Ulmer and the response of the awardee will soon be published in the Swiss Journal of Geosciences.

The Paul Niggli Medal 2021 was awared to Arya Udry (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), in recognition of her innovative research in the field of igneous petrology, geochemistry and thermodynamic modeling of Martian meteorites to understand planetary igneous differentiation processes. The award ceremony took place during the 2021 virtual SGM meeting in Geneva. The citation from Prof. O. Müntener and the response of the awardee are published in the Swiss Journal of Geosciences (volume 114, article 23).


Prize "Amanz Gressly" (SPS)

During the General Assembly, the Swiss Palaeontological Society honours the major contribution of a person in the field of palaeontology with the prize "Amanz Gressly". The 2021 Amanz Gressly Award goes to Heinz Furrer.


Best MSc thesis award

The winner of the 2022 Best MSc Thesis Award from the Swiss Geological Society is Kim Lemke from the University Bern, now at the University of Lausanne for the work: “Ophiolitic Relicts in the Cima-Lunga Unit and Adula Nappe (Central Alps): Timing the Transition from High-Pressure Melting to Amphibolite Facies”. Kim studied high-grade metamorphic rocks from the Central Alps, focussing on Petrography and Petrology combined with trace element geochemistry and particularly dating of metamorphic zircon and rutile. The Jury was particularly impressed by the data-rich thesis of Kim.

The 2021 Best MSc thesis award was given to Markus Rast (ETH Zürich) for the thesis: "Geology, geochronology and rock magnetics along Bedretto tunnel (Gotthard Massif, Central Alps) and numerical modelling of quartz-biotite aggregates". The thesis involved fieldwork in the BedrettoLab tunnel, investigating the magnetism of quartz-biotite shear zones, detailed structural analyses and modelling, as well as zircon dating from the shear zones and the host granit. The Jury was particularly impressed by the large range of topics that were covered by the thesis. Markus Rast successfully related all different research directions of to a well-rounded thesis that truly helps understanding the thermal, temporal and tectonic evolution of the Gotthard massif in the context of the Alpine orogeny. The award ceremony took place during the 2021 virtual SGM meeting in Geneva.