Robert Berner Lecture

Robert Berner (1935-2015) Robert Berner (1935-2015)

About the Robert Berner Lecture

The lecture was established in 2017 by students and friends of the late Robert Berner to commemorate his intellectual legacy in geochemistry. It is a joint program of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The lecture is on a 'Berner' subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere, etc).

Lecturers are mid-career scientists, selected by the Berner Lecture Committee, then approved by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Read a short report of the 2018 Lecture

For Further Information

Please contact Michael Krom (M.D.Krom@leeds.ac.uk)

Andreas Andersson Named 2020 Berner Lecturer

The GS and EAG are pleased to announce that Prof. Andreas Andersson (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA) will present the 2020 Robert Berner Lecture at the Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu. Prof. Andersson is recognized for his work in the field of CO2-carbonic acid-carbonate system chemistry and ocean acidification. Details of the lecture will be available soon.

The Robert Berner Lecture takes place each year at the Goldschmidt Conference. It is a 30-minute keynote lecture presented in the appropriate topical session.

The lecturer should be a mid-career scientist: he/she should have received their PhD at least 10 years and no more than 21 years before the Goldschmidt conference at which the lecture is presented (i.e., for Goldschmidt2020, the lecturer should have received his/her PhD between 1999 and 2010).

The lecturer should also have shown exceptional ability to define globally important biogeochemical processes, developed new understanding(s), and significantly advanced the corresponding area of research. The lecture will be on a 'Berner' subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere).

Nomination requirements:

  • Nominee's CV (up to 4 pages)
  • List of publications
  • List of recent presentations and link to webpage, if available
  • A recommendation letter from the nominator (up to 2 pages)

The nominations deadline is October 31 every year.

Support the Lecture

Contributions to the Berner Lecture fund go directly to supporting the lecturer's travel to Goldschmidt every year.

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Donations are also accepted by check (from U.S. banks only) sent to: The Geochemical Society, 5241 Broad Branch Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20015. Please include a letter clearly identifying the check as intended for the Berner Lecture Fund and providing your name and mailing address.

The Geochemical Society is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and, as such, donations from U.S. taxpayers will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donations will be acknowledged in writing.

Donations are processed on this site in U.S. Dollars; should you prefer to make a contribution in Euros, please visit the European Association of Geochemistry Berner Lecture page.

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