During the 80th EFG Council meeting held in the Azores in May 2022, the Awards Committee of the EFG Medal of Merit (MoM) recommended to Council that both EurGeol Marie Fleming and Prof. Fernando Noronha, nominated respectively by the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI) and by the Portuguese Association of Geologists (APG), should be awarded the MoM in 2022.
The EFG Medal of Merit is awarded to individuals who, in the view of Council, have provided exceptional and distinguished contributions to the EFG or to the geological profession in Europe.

Professor Fernando Noronha is an outstanding geologist known both nationally and internationally for his notable work and research, mainly on economic geology, characterisation of geological materials, granite related ore deposits, hydrothermal fluids, tungsten deposits, Li-pegmatites, and Variscan magmatism, but also in geological processes, field and exploration geology, geological mapping, tectonics and geodynamics, geodiversity and geoheritage, science communication, to name a few.

He is an APG past-President, serving the association in this role from 2002 to 2008. He was also an EFG delegate, representing EFG and EFG values and mission during this time.

APG proposed the award due to Fernando Noronha’s life dedication and service to Geology and to the geologist profession.

Marie Fleming graduated from University College Cork in 2000 and obtained her MSc in Engineering Geology from Imperial College London in 2006. She is a professional engineering geologist and leads Arup’s Applied Geology team in Europe, and is the global Applied Geology Skills Network Lead.

Marie Fleming is a Past President of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI) 2015-2017, Chair of the Registration Authority of the European Federation of Geologists from 2013, Member of the External Relations Committee of the Geological Society from 2014. She is a visiting lecturer at the National University of Ireland and at Harvard University, USA.

The award has been proposed by the IGI due to Marie Fleming’s long term of office, her intimate knowledge of the EFG Statutes and Regulations, coupled with advice given to the Board and Council in line with those Statutes and Regulations. She admirably fulfils criteria 4 (Significant contribution to the organisation of the profession) and 5 (Service of substantial duration) and also advances the cause of the other criteria.

The award ceremony for Eva Hartai, Medal of Merit awardee in 2020, took place on 21 May. Eva Hartai received the 2020 award for her notable contribution to enhancing the standing and reputation of professional geoscientists for over 40 years, for proactively promoting the role of geology to the general public and for her exceptional dedication to the EFG in the several positions she held over more than ten years.

Congratulations to all awardees!

To learn more about Eva Hartai’s career and her longstanding involvement in EFG’s activities, we also invite you to watch our interview series: