The nomination will be placed before the Awards Committee, chaired by the President, which will decide whether the nomination meets the criteria agreed by Council in January 2009 that “Honorary Fellowship should be conferred on individuals from any country in the world including the UK, who have rendered signal service to science, and geoscience in particular, or who have the potential to render such service from their positions in the wider world; and who by association with the Society send out a clear message about the Society’s strategic aims and objectives.”
Once agreed the nominee will be notified that they are being put forward for election prior to advertisement in Geoscientist and election, barring objections, at an Ordinary General Meeting.
- Fellows making a nomination must satisfy themselves that the person nominated is suitable in all respects for the privilege.
- The expression ‘signal service’ has caused confusion; longevity and good service are not sufficient for a successful nomination.
- The candidate should have given, and be able to continue to give, exemplary and outstanding service to the geosciences, and in making a nomination Fellows should consider:
- will the geosciences community within the recipient’s country recognise the Honorary Fellow’s name and understand, without explanation, why they have received the honour?
- will association with the recipient bring benefit to the Society, either in the UK or overseas?
- will the recipient understand the honour being bestowed?
- The nomination must contain a cogent statement explaining why the candidate deserves Honorary Fellowship of the Society. It should also list five recent publications or examples of work done to promote the geosciences, for example to legislators, policy makers, opinion formers or lay audiences, through public lectures, writing, television or radio programmes.
- In order to avoid embarrassment Fellows should make no undertakings to persons they intend to propose for Honorary Fellowship.
Elected Honorary Fellows in 2012
A new Honorary Fellow was elected during the Ordinary General Meeting on 1 February 2012.