The medal is given annually by the Copernicus Society (Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V.), an international society founded “…for the Promotion of International Collaboration in the Geo- and Space Sciences” in 1988 in the former Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy (MPAE, now the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research) in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany.
To be considered for the Copernicus Medal, candidates must demonstrate “…excellent scientific work of candidates in the midst of their career, combined with substantial merits in international collaboration in the field of geosciences.”
The Copernicus Society specifically noted that Prof. Kasper was selected for “…your pioneering work on the heating and acceleration of the solar corona and the solar wind, and your outstanding leadership of the SWEAP Investigation on Parker Solar Probe which has now successfully touched the Sun.”
Prof. Kasper will be presented with the award in a ceremony at the 2020 European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna this coming May. Prof. Tamas Gombosi, who nominated Prof. Kasper for the award, will give the citation for the medal.
Congratulations, Prof. Kasper!