Call for nominations for 2017 award: The Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young Quaternary scientists

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Professor Sir Nicholas Shackleton –or ‘Nick’ as he preferred to be called- was one of the foremost Quaternary scientists in the world, his scientific legacy in no need of elaboration. In recognition of his pivotal contributions to palaeoceanography and the verification of the global importance of Milankovitch cycles, Nick was elected to the Royal Society in 1985 and knighted by the Queen in 1998. The many prizes and citations he was accorded include the Crafoord Prize (1995), the Wollaston Medal (1996), the Milankovitch Medal (1999), Foreign Associate-ship of the U.S. Academy of Sciences (2000), the Vetlesen Prize (2004) and the Blue Planet Prize (2005).  In measure of his prestige, his image was selected as one of 10 to adorn a commemorative stamp collection (UK Royal Mail) which celebrated the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest continuous science academy. Nick served as President of INQUA from 1999 to 2003.

Nick Shackleton

One of Nick’s most endearing qualities was his enthusiastic embracement of international collaboration and co-operation. This extended to unselfish mentoring and encouragement of young scientists, both at his home institution, Cambridge University, and elsewhere. It is for this reason that the Sir Nicholas Shackleton medal is dedicated to rewarding the achievements of outstanding young Quaternary scientists.

Nominations procedure

Nominations are invited for the 2017 award of the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal, which is awarded to an early-career scientist, who will normally be less than 40 years of age or, if older, within 8 years of completing their first PhD project.  Candidates may be working in any branch of Quaternary science. The process for nomination and evaluation is as follows:


  • In principle, any scientist working in the field of Quaternary science, but excluding members of the INQUA Executive, may propose an appropriate candidate for the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal, but see the nomination form below for further details.
  • Proposals should include a summary and a short personal statement in support of the candidate, the curriculum vitae and list of publications of the nominee, and three letters of recommendation (see details on the nomination form below).
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically to both the INQUA Secretary-General, Dr Brian Chase, and the Chair of the Awards Committee, Vice-President Dr Franck Audemard.
  • All nominations will be acknowledged, and nominators are advised to request such confirmation if it is not received.


  • Proposals will be evaluated by an Awards Committee composed of members of the INQUA Executive, assisted where necessary by eminent Quaternary scientists, who will consider each case in confidence and may seek further information if it is deemed necessary.
  • After completion of the evaluation, the Chairperson of the Awards Committee will send the recommendation of this Committee, together with a one-page summary and a short citation concerning the selected candidate, to the Secretary-General of INQUA.
  • The Secretary General will prepare and forward the necessary documents and citation to the President of INQUA, who will then inform the medalist of the award by the end of November, 2016.
  • The medalist will be invited to the next General Assembly of the Union, where the medal will be presented.


 Please find the form here:


Closing date for receipt of nominations is 21st September 2016

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lyudmila shumilovskikh

I am palaeoecologist, working with pollen, botanical macroremains, dinoflagellate cysts and fungal spores in marine and terrestrial sediments. I finished my PhD in 2013 in University of Göttingen (Germany) on vegetation, environmental and climatic reconstructions of the Black Sea region during the last 135 ka, had a post-doc position in Aix-en-Provence (France), working on paleoenvironment of Sassanian frontiers in northern Iran and Georgia. Now I am back to Göttingen (Germany) as researcher. My study areas are located over Eurasia with main focus on the region of Minor Asia and Middle Asia. My special interest is non-pollen palynomorphs (NPP) and their indicative values for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. I am ECR representative of PALCOMM since 2012, Editor of the INQUA newsletter Quaternary Perspectives since 2014 and Chair of the INQUA ECR Committee since 2015.

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