The 2018 medal and award recipients were presented with their accolades yesterday in a ceremony that took place in the Ondaatje Lecture Theatre at Lowther Lodge. The medals and awards recognise individuals for their outstanding contributions to geography and are awarded annually by the Society.
Sixteen of the 21 recipients were able to attend in person, for what was an uplifting and joyous occasion, with many family members, close friends and Society staff sharing in the celebrations. The medals and awards were presented by Nicholas Crane in his last act as President before handing over the role to Baroness Lynda Chalker.
Paul Rose and Professor Yadvinder Malhi were awarded the Society’s two Royal Medals. The Royal Medals are part of the wide range of awards that recognise extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, photography, and public engagement. The Royal Medals are approved by Her Majesty the Queen, and are among the highest honours of their kind in the world. Previous recipients include Sir David Attenborough, Professor Diana Liverman and Lindsey Hilsum.
The full list of medals and awards recipients for 2018 is:
For scientific expeditions and enhancing public understanding
Professor Yadvinder Malhi
For world leading studies on the impact of climate change on tropical ecosystems
Professor Wendy Larner
For internationally leading research on globalisation and political economy
Professor Bhaskar Vira
For interdisciplinary research on economy, environment and development
Cherry Kearton Medal and Award
For sculptural works that inspire reflection on changing environments
Professor Mark Macklin
For pioneering research in fluvial geomorphology and its environmental applications
Professor Hester Parr
For contributions at the interface of geographical research and policy
Cuthbert Peek Award
Professor Keith Lilley
For advancing geographical knowledge of human impact on the environment through the application of contemporary methods
Gill Memorial Awards (two awards)
Dr Hilary Geoghegan
For outstanding early career research in cultural geography
Dr Nick Malleson
For outstanding early career research in agent-based social geography [geocomputation]
Ordnance Survey Awards (two awards)
Dr Aidan Hesslewood
For excellence in geography education at the secondary level
Taylor and Francis Award
Professor Helen Walkington
For sustained contributions to teaching and learning in higher education
Rory Stewart MP
For the popularisation of geography through the media
Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize
For the undergraduate geography dissertation judged to be the best in 2017
For the best article in the journal by a new researcher
For inspiring young people to explore the world around them
In recognition of outstanding support for the Society and Geography
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