The AK Geomorphology awards several scholarships for conferences, two prizes for dissertations, as well as an award for a lecture and three awards for posters during the annual meetings.

In addition, the AK Geomorphology allocates (at irregular intervals) the Golden Ferdinand von Richthofen-Medal. A list of previous winners and scholarship recipients can be found at the bottom of this page.

Conference Scholarships

The AK Geomorphology allots 10 conference scholarships per year, each amounting to 250 €. The goal is to support young scientists and motivate them to present their research findings at national and international conferences. Applicants must be members of the AK Geomorphology and can be of national or international background. Applications are submitted to the ecexutvie board via email and should contain an informal cover letter, an abstract of the lecture and confirmation of the conference registration. The members of the board and the scientific advisory board select twice a year (February and October) the scholarship holders. In case there are more applications than scholarships available persons that apply the first time will be favoured. However, if there are less applications than funds available, the scholarships will be added to the following application period.

The deadline for applications for the conference scholarships is semiannual (31.1. and 30.6. each year).

The scholarship holders are asked to promote their lecture at the conference with the AK Logo and in addition to present their lecture at the next annual meeting of the AK Geomorphologie.


Lecture- and Poster Award of AK Geomorphology

As a part of the annual meetings of the AK Geomorpholgy the best lecture and three posters are honored with a dotation of 100 € each. Participation is automatic with an active attendance of an annual conference. Two juries, composed of members of the board, the scientific advisory board and other members of the AK, select the winners.


Dissertation Award of the AK Geomorphology

The AK Geomorphology annually honors outstanding dissertations on geomorphological research with the dissertation award. The Award is endowed with a dotation of 500 €. Future laureates can be suggested exclusively by their supervisors. If there is more than one excellent dissertation, there is the option to award up to three dissertations a year.

Aim of the promotion:

The award honors innovative, national and international relevant dissertations on geomorphological agendas and appreciate the exceptional research accomplishments of the award winners also as a source of ideas for future research.

Submission:

Send your email to m.krautblatter@tum.de until 30.6.2016. The dissertation should have been completed max. 2 years before the deadline.

The following documents should be attached:

  1. Justification of the dissertation award- proposal (0,5 – 2 pages) should be broken down by:
  • Innovation: conceptual or methodological
  • Relevance: international/national
  • Outstanding performance in relation to other thesis
  • Source of ideas: for future research
  1. Survey (also in extracts), or alternatively (if there is no access to it because of legal reasons) attach a 1,5- page review and comparative assessment of the thesis
  2. Dissertation
  3. Relevant publications of the dissertation-award-candidates
  4. CV of the candidate (with publications and conference inputs)

Commission:

The board of the AK Geomorpholgy designates a 3-member commission from the board and the scientific counselors. They may obtain additional, independent opinions.

Selection Procedure:

The commissioners independently evaluate innovation, relevance, outstanding performance and its importance as a source of ideas for future research. Afterwards they rank the candidates on the basis of these results to announce the winner of the award.


Golden Ferdinand von Richthofen-Medal

With the presentation of the Golden Ferdinand von Richthofen Medal the AK Geomorphology would like to continue the tradition to honor distinguished personalities who have performed an outstanding contribution to the german-speaking geomorphology with their pioneering academic work. Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen (1833-1905) is considered the founder of modern geomorphology and a world-renowned German geographer. Over the past 80 years, the medal was awarded 12 times for outstanding achievements in the field of geographical research. Since its inception, the awarding is in the hand of the AK Geomorphology. All members of the AK Geomorphology, who are hereby cordially invited to participate in the procedure and submit proposals, can submit nominations. The deadline for proposals is the 30th of June each year. All nominations are confidential. The board and the scientific advisory board make the decision jointly. The following documents must be submitted with the proposal to the board: a two-page rationale, a list of publications of the nominated candidate(s) and a CV. The presentation of the Golden Ferdinand von Richthofen Medal takes place during the annual meeting of AK Geomorphology. It is not intended to confer the Golden Ferdinand von Richthofen Medal periodically.


Research scholarship of the “Hanna Bremer Foundation for young scientists”

The research scholarship of 5000 € for young scientists of geography (preferably physical geography) is intended for a research trip, or a visit overseas or in a European country (outside Germany and neighboring countries). It should not be used for projects that may be sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), but rather serve further education or the preparation of an extensive research project. Eligible to apply are young scientists after their graduation from German speaking countries (preferable physical geography), but only up to 3 years after their examination hearing. Applications should be brief (not more than 500 words) and should include a tabular CV and a list of publications. It should also be accompanied by an one-page assessment of the supervisor of the dissertation. The deadline for applications is 17.5.2016. Applications must be sent to:

Hanna Bremer Stiftung c/o Stiftungs- und Fördergemeinschaft Modellprojekte GmbH, SFGM GmbH, Babostr. 3, 69469 Weinheim.


Previous Awardees

Dissertation Award

2016 – Sabine Kraushaar, Wien; Daniel Draebing, München; Daniel Wolf, Dresden

2014 – Hanna Hadler, Mainz; Anna Schneider, Cottbus

2013 – Dominik Brill, Köln; Michael Dietze, Dresden

2012 – Max Engel, Köln; Wolfgang Fister, Trier

2010 – Kirsten v. Elverfeldt, Wien


Lecture Award

2016 – Thomas Kolb: “Auensedimente und kolluviale Ablagerungen als Umweltarchive – Versuch einer Landschaftsrekonstruktion für das mittelalterliche Oberfranken”

2015 – Karoline Meßenzehl, Bonn: “Spatial activity of rockwall instability and talus slope evolution in paraglacial systems (Turtmann valley, Swiss Alps)”

2014 – Daniel Wolf, Dresden: “Räumlich variable Geomorphodynamik in westmediterranen Flusseinzugsgebieten und deren Steuergrößen – Eine vergleichende Studie der letzten 14 ka”

2013 – Elisabeth Dietze, Dresden: “Quantifizierung von Sedimentationsprozessen durch die Auswertung von Korngrößendaten“

2012 – Hanna Hadler, Mainz: “Palaeotsunami impact on ancient Mediterranean harbours – a case study from the Corinthian harbour of Lechaion (Gulf of Corinth, Greece)”

2011 – Roland Zech, Zürich: “Milankovitch and permafrost – implications of high carbon storage in glacial paleosols”

2010 – Susann Müller, Frankfurt: “Mikromorphologische Untersuchungen zur Genese verschiedener Hangsedimente im hessischen Spessart”

2009 – Tobias Heckmann, Eichstätt; Michael Krautblatter, Bonn;  M. Leopold, München; T. Euler, Bonn


Poster award

2016 – Julia Meiste, Berlin; Anette Eltner, Freiberg; Johannes Schmidt, Leipzig

2015 – Jan Blöthe, Bonn; Martin Weber, Innsbruck; Amelie Stolle, Potsdam

2014 – Paula Hilger, Eichstätt; Wolfgang Schwanghardt, Potsdam; Friederike Stock, Köln

2013 – Eric Rascher, Graz; Anette Eltner, Dresden; Alexander-André Remke, Trier

2012 – David Loibl, Aachen; Jennifer Winkelbauer, München; Peter Fischer, Eichstädt

2011 – Sabine Kraushaar, Halle; Jens Bussmann; Osnabrück; Tobias Sprafke

2010 – Manuela Schlummer, Bonn; Markus Keuschnig, Salzburg; Stefan Wirtz, Trier

2009 – Wolfgang Fister, Trier


Golden Ferdinand-von-Richthofen-Medal

Founded on  4th of March 1933

Award for excellent services in the field of geographic sciences

2013 – Frank Ahnert, Geomorphology; Horst Hagedorn, Geomorphology; Jürgen Hagedorn, Geomorphology;

2005 – Dietrich Barsch, Geomorphology

1983 – Albert Kolb, East Asian research, Regional geography

1978 – Herbert Louis, Geomorphology

1972 – Hans Poser, arctic-, periglacial- and tourism research

1962 – Hans Mortensen, Geomorphology

1958 – Vivian Fuchs, crossing of Antarctica

1953 – Karl Maria Herrligkoffer, Nanga Parbat

1951 – H. Petterson, Deep ocean expedition

1938 – A. Hoel, Polar research

1933 – A. Philippson, Aegean; E. von Drygalski, Gauss expedition; Sven Hedin, Central Asia expedition


Silver Ferdinand-von-Richthofen-Medail

1933 – Ernst Tiessen, Publication of the inheritance from Ferdinand von Richthofen