IPA Lifetime Achievement Award

The IPA Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges the lifetime contribution of individuals for outstanding permafrost science and engineering research, and/or for exceptional contributions to the international permafrost research community.

The nomination process for the award involves a lifetime CV and letters of support. At least two letters of support are required from Adhering Bodies other than the home Adhering Body of the nominee. If you are interested in nominating an individual, please contact the relevant country representative and use the nomination form to prepare your nomination. 


2020 Award Winner: Dr. Jerry Brown

The recipient of the IPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 is Dr. Jerry Brown (shown presiding over the opening ceremony of the 9th International Conference on Permafrost, NICOP, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks).

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Past Awardees

Prof. Wilfried Haeberli (2018)

The recipient of the IPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 is Prof. Wilfried Haeberli (shown receiving his award from Hanne Christiansen, IPA President 2016-2020).

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Hugh French (2016)

The fourth IPA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Hugh French in June 2016 during the 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2016) in Potsdam, Germany

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Cheng Guodong (2014)

The third IPA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Cheng Guodong during the Fourth European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP4) in June 2014.

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Prof. Nikolai N. Romanovskii (2012)

The second IPA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Nikolai Romanovskii during the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost (TICOP) in June 2012.

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Prof. J. Ross Mackay (2010)

The first IPA Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Prof. J. Ross Mackay during the European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP III) in June 2010.

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