Call for Nominations

2017 Urey Medal

A committee will be appointed in 2016 to select the 5th recipient of the H. C. Urey Medal of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, which will be presented at ISSOL 2017 in La Jolla (California, USA). Following the established procedure, the chair of the committee will be Andrew H. Knoll, who was awarded the 8th A. I. Oparin Medal at ISSOL 2014 in Nara.
 The 2017 Urey Medal will be awarded “to the scientist deemed to have had the best sustained scientific research program in the origin of life field”. The rules adopted by the ISSOL Executive Council state:
 “Any full member of ISSOL may submit nominations.

The submission deadline will be February 1st, 2017. Nominees must be members of the Society. Nominations must include:

  • a letter (~250 words) describing the nominee’s contributions to the field,
  • a list of not more than ten of the nominee’s major publications”.

Nominations should be sent to Professor Andrew H. Knoll at

The Executive Council passed a resolution that the A. I. Oparin and H. C. Urey Medals will be presented at alternate ISSOL meetings and that no single individual may be recipient of both awards. View the list of past recipients that are not eligible for nomination.

ISSOL Fellows

The selection is based on a members’ demonstrated exceptional and sustained contributions to the origin of life and/or astrobiology through scientific research, educational activities, or service to the Society or to this scientific community. Nominees must be members of the society. New Fellows are chosen from a panel of three current Fellows. The nomination submission deadline is February 28th, 2017.

Nominations should include a 1 page letter outlining the candidate’s achievements and contributions, a CV, and a list of publications, and be sent to professor Ram Krishnamurthy as a pdf to
View the list of past recipients.