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An important SCAR activity is recognition of excellence in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research and outstanding service to the international Antarctic community, both of which are critical to advancing SCAR's vision and mission. Peer recognition is a way of rewarding and highlighting those who exemplify the best of the Antarctic community and serve as models for the next generation. SCAR created the medals to provide this recognition: the Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the Medal for International Coordination. To encourage nominations and ensure an open, fair and transparent selection process, recipients of the medals are selected by committee.

The SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research is awarded for sustained research contributions over a career. This medal is awarded to persons deserving recognition based on outstanding contributions to knowledge and the impact of a person's work on understanding the Antarctic region, the linkages between Antarctica and the Earth system, and/or observations of and from Antarctica. Nominees are welcomed in all areas of Antarctic and Southern Ocean research.

The SCAR Medal for International Coordination is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions to international cooperation and partnerships. Nomination of persons that have advanced SCAR's mission to initiate, facilitate, co-ordinate and encourage international research activity in the Antarctic region are encouraged. Awardees should have a distinguished professional career history and a record of recognition of international activities by their peers including prizes, honorary degrees and other awards which demonstrate the person's impact.

There are no age restrictions or limits on nominees and no higher education degree requirements - everyone is eligible to be nominated.

However, self-nominations are not accepted.  The deadline for nominations is 31 March 2016.

For further details and to nominate someone for a SCAR Medal, please go to the SCAR Medals section: