At the European Geoscience Union’s General Assembly in April 2013 in Vienna, Austria, Earth Science Matters Board member Sierd Cloetingh received EGU’s most prestigious Arthur Holmes Medal for his exceptional contributions to solid Earth dynamics and in particular for his pioneer research in lithosphere evolution. Major international research programmes, as TOPO-Europe, are initiated and coordinated through his research group currently based in Utrecht University (the Netherlands) which attracted 60 PhD students from 20 nations to complete their thesis under his supervision.
On 12 February 2013 a ceremony was held in the Burlington House, home of the Geological Society in London, to commemorate Dr Wissam Al-Hashimi. Dr Wissam Al-Hashimi was Vice-President of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) from 1996-2002. In addition, he was the President of the Geological Society of Iraq and the Secretary-General of the Arab Geological Association (AGA) since 1993.
The Earth Science Matters Foundation participated in the 24th Colloquium of African Geology (CAG24) that was held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 8-14 January 2013. This Colloquium which also celebrated the 40th birthday of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), was entitled Earth Sciences Solutions to African Development Challenges. Four hundred and fifty participants form more than 60 nations were registered and gathered in the Millennium Hall during a well organized international Conference.
On 23 November 2012, Prof. Aberra Mogessie (Board member of the Earth Science Matters Foundation, President of the Geological Society of Africa, based in the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Graz, Austria) was bestowed with one of Argentina’s most prestigious prizes, the Federico Leloir Prize.
The Earth Science Matters Foundation held its second Board meeting on 6 August in Brisbane, Australia while benefiting of the gathering of many Earth scientists for the quadrennial International Geological Congress. A new Board member was appointed (Prof. Aberra Mogessie) and the Geological Society of Africa entered as a new Partner.