The 3rd Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary

Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) is now accepting recommendations for candidates for the 3rd Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary .

JpGU has created the “Nishida Prize for Promotion of Geo- and Planetary” to honor internationally recognized Mid-career researchers under the age of 45 in 2014.

The prize is named for member Prof. Atsuhiro Nishida (JpGU fellow), who provided a proposal and a donation in support.

1. Recipient Qualifications

This prize is conferred upon researchers under the age of 45 as of the beginning of the judging period (April 1, 2018) who have provided an exceptional level of research in the field of Geo- and Planetary Science using a new approach, attaining international recognition. Decisions will not be made on the basis of nationality, sex, or whether one is a Japan Geoscience Union member or a non-member.

2. The number of winners

The selection committee will select 10 or less award winners.

3. Recommendations

i. Candidates must be recommended to be considered for selection, and we will recognize recommendations from the candidate him or herself, as well as those from others who shall have held JpGU membership.

If the candidate is recommended by someone else, the candidate’s interest in receiving the award will need to be confirmed in advance.

ii. The following documentation is required for a recommendation.

Recommendations must be written in Japanese or English. (Both languages can appear in the same recommendation document.)
(1)The candidate’s name and contact information (affiliated institution, address, telephone number, email address, and ORCID ID.)
(2)If the candidate is a member of JpGU, the candidate's ID, the principal section, and other related section(s).
(3)The candidate’s work history and list of honors
(4)A list of all reviewed publications and a supplement of the five most important. The five most important publications must be specified in the list
(5)Reasons for recommendation (6 pages or fewer, A4 size)
(6)Short citation
Please refer to Introduction of Nishida Prize Winners
(7)If the candidate is providing the recommendation, it must be written by the candidate him or herself, and if providing a recommendation for another, it must be written by recommender.
If the candidate is providing the recommendation, they must also send two letters of support, and if providing a recommendation for another, they must also provide letters of support from two others.
It does not matter whether who write letters of support have JpGU membership or not.
(8)If providing a recommendation for another, the person providing the recommendation must provide their contact information (address, telephone number, email address, etc.).

iii. Recommendations must be sent within the recommendation period for the year in question in the form of a word file and a PDF version thereof, in an email addressed to the Office for the Nishida Prize for the Promotion of Geo- and Planetary (jpgu_nishidasho@icloud.com ). Supplemental publications can be provided only in PDF format.

If you do not receive email confirmation within one week after sending recommendation mail, please contact us to request confirmation of your recommendation. Without the email confirmation, your nomination will be invalid.


4. Selection Committee

Members of the JpGU Selection Committee shall be appointed by the President after deliberations by the Board of Directors.
The term of committee is from October, 2018 to March, 2019 and reappointment is allowed up to 4 years.
Committee members shall be selected drawing on the JpGU membership while taking into consideration allocations of the different science sections. The number of members is around 15 .
The names of committee members shall be published after winners are announced.

5. Schedule

Deadline of recommendation
December 15, 2018
Selection Period
December 16, 2018 – The day before the meeting of directors in March, 2019
Announcement of winners
After the meeting of directors
Award Ceremony
At 2019 JpGU Meeting
Memorial lecture
At 2020 JpGU Meeting

*All dates are in JST.

6. Method of Conferral

i. An award certificate will be given.

ii. As a supplementary prize, the winners will receive a one-time payment of ¥500,000.


If you have any quiestions, please contact to the Office for the Nishida Prize for the Promotion of Geo- and Planetary (jpgu_nishidasho[at]icloud.com ).



Awards Program Managing Director

Akiko Nakamura, Hajime Naruse, Masato Nakamura

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