WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT TO OUR MEMBER PROF. PAOLO CANUTI, ALREADY PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN NATIONAL GROUP AND VICE-PRESIDENT FOR EUROPE OF THE IAEG, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS VARNES MEDAL BY THE INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM ON LANDSLIDES-ICL, OF WHICH HE WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS AND SECOND PRESIDENT.
The Varnes Medal is the highest award provided by the International Consortium on Landslides; it recognizes professional excellence in landslide research. Nominees for the Varnes Medal must meet at least two of the following criteria:
Professional excellence in landslide research
Professional excellence in landslide disaster risk reduction (new criteria)
Significant contribution to the development of ICL and IPL (new criteria)
Significant contribution to public education regarding landslide hazards
International recognition for a professional career involving landslides
Influential landslide research or development of methods or techniques
Teacher of students who work on landslide issues
The past recipients of Varnes Medal are:
Robert Schuster (US Geological Survey, USA) , 2nd Session of BOR/ICL at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada in October 2003
John Hutchinson (Imperial Colleague, UK), 3rd Sesson of BOR/ICL at Druzba Hotel, Bratislava, Slovakia in October 2004
Masami Fukuoka (University of Tokyo, Japan), 4th Session of BOR/ICL at Keck Center of the National Academy of Science, Washington D.C., USA in October 2005
Norbert R. Morgenstern (University of Alberta, Canada), 5th Session of BOR/ICL at Bonvin Building, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France in November 2006
Edward Derybyshire (University of Leicester, UK), 6th Session of BOR/ICL at Bonvin Building, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France in November 2007
David Cruden (University of Alberta, Canada), 7th Session of BOR/ICL at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan in November 2008
Zaiguan Lin (Leader of China-Japan Joint research on Landslide hazard assessment at Cultural heritage sites in Xi’an. It developed to IGCP-425 “Landslide Hazard Assessment and Cultural Heritage” which was further develop to ICL and IPL), 9th Session of BOR/ICL at Bonvin Building, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France in November 2010
Rajendra Kumar Bhandari (Central Building Research Institute, India), 11th session of BOR/ICL, at Bonvin Building, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France in November 2012
Luciano Picarelli (Seconda Università di Napoli), 13th session of BOR/ICL, at National Convention Center, Beijing, China, in June 2014
Oldrich Hungr (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada), at 14th BOR/ICL, Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan, in March 2015
Jordi Corominas, (Technical University of Catalonia-UPC, Spain), 15th BOR/ICL, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in March 2016
Badaoui Rouhban (Former Director, Section for Disaster Reduction, UNESCO), 16th Session of BOR/ICL, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France in November 2016
Salvano Briceno (Former Director, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), 17th Session of BOR/ICL, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France in December 2017
Hans van Ginkel (Former Rector of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan). 18th Session of BOR/ICL, DPRI, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in December 2018
Paolo Canuti (Former President of the ICL, University of Florence), 20th Session of BOR/ICL, online/Virtual Conference, Kyoto, Japan in November 2020.
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