The prize is named after Prof. Felix Vening Meinesz (1887-1966), one of the founding fathers of earth sciences in the Netherlands and of NWO. The prize is possible thanks to a gift from Prof. Felix Vening Meinesz to NWO in 1962. The prize is worth 10,000 euros and is intended to fund research-related costs. In his legacy, he stipulated that NWO should award a prize for young talent in the Dutch earth sciences. NWO facilitates the selection process of the prize once every two years. Candidates can only be nominated if they obtained their doctorate less than six years ago.
The NWO Team Science Award rewards the most inspiring and successful team of researchers from various disciplinary fields, who jointly take on a scientific challenge in which their individual strengths and expertise demonstrably reinforce each other. Each year at most three team will receive the award of 10k€. The prize money is intended for activities with relation to the team.
The NWO Communication Initiative Award rewards initiatives of successful and inspiring science communication by scientists. Per year at most three initiatives of individuals or team receive the award of 10k€. The prizemoney is intended for activities with relation to the initiative.
The NWO Stairway to Impact Award rewards scientists who take effective steps to utilise their scientific findings to tackle a societal problem and/or to make an economic contribution. The journey is more important than whether the final goal has been achieved. The award is a sum of 50k€. The money must be used to contribute to the goal for which the award has been presented.
The Escher Prize, established in 1994, is named after the Leiden Professor of General Geology Prof. Dr. B.G. Escher (1885-1967). The prize can be awarded annually to the author(s) of the best MSc thesis in (applied) earth sciences in the broadest sense of the word, assessed by the Jury as the best graduation thesis.
Since 2016, the KNGMG annually awards the Jelgersma Prize for the best Dutch Earth Science bachelor's thesis. The prize is named after Dr Saskia (Kiek) Jelgersma (1929-2012). We hope that her independent way of thinking and acting and her excellent work will serve as an example to bachelor students. The prize can be awarded annually to the author(s) of the best BSc thesis in (applied) earth sciences in the broadest sense of the word, assessed by the Jury as the best graduation thesis.
Netherlands Journal of Geosciences – Geologie en Mijnbouw - is a scientific international quarterly journal, which publishes papers on all aspects of geoscience, provided they are of international interest and quality. The Netherlands Journal of Geosciences will announce the NJG publication Prize to the best paper of the year.