The Prince Albert I Medal

 Protocol of Prince Albert I Medal

1. The Prince Albert I Medal will be awarded to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement and advancement of the physical and/or chemical sciences of the oceans.
2. The Medal will be awarded once every two years in conjunction with the IAPSO Assemblies starting in 2001 with the IAPSO Assembly in Argentina.
3. The Medal shall be awarded only once to the same scientist.
4. The Award Committee will total five or seven members appointed by the IAPSO Executive Committee. Its responsibility is to select suitable candidates for the award. The Chair of the Award Committee will be one of the IAPSO Vice Presidents.
5. The term of each Award Committee will be for one award period. The membership of the Award Committee will change between one award and the next. The Committee will include the Chair of the previous committee and the previous medalist as ex-officio members. Some members may serve for more than one period, provided that the majority are new members. If any member of the Committee is nominated for the award, he or she shall be excused as a member of the Committee and a substitute member found.
6. One year prior to each IAPSO Assembly, the Secretary General of IAPSO will call for nominations for the award. Nominations must be sent to the Secretary General within three months of the announcement and must be accompanied by substantive supporting documentation, consisting of a covering letter which states why the person should be considered for the award (about 100 words - this is essentially a citation), a 2-3 page CV. A 2-3 page list of best publications, and three letters of support.
The Chair of the Award Committee will prepare a list of candidates for the Medal from the nominations received. The Award Committee may not add its own nominations to the list.
7. The Award Committee will select from the list of nominations a suitable candidate for the Medal on the basis of the significance of each nominee’s contributions as a whole to the enhancement and advancement of the physical and/or chemical sciences of the oceans.
Any unsuccessful nomination in a given competition may be re-considered for the medal in a subsequent competition. Any such re-nomination may or may not be made by the same nominator, and should be treated as a new nomination with updated material, including updated/new letters of support.
 8. The Chair of the Award Committee will notify the President of IAPSO of its decision regarding the choice of the medalist. Only one candidate will be recommended for the award at a time, as there is provision only for one Medal. However, a second choice could also be identified in case of difficulties.
It is the responsibility of the President to promptly notify both the successful candidate and the successful candidate's nominator. Once the award of the Medal has been accepted by the successful candidate the President will promptly notify H.S.H Prince Albert II (or his successor) and all nominators of candidates for the award. It is the responsibility of the Secretary General to promptly notify the Executive Committee and the scientific community of the award.
If, from the list of nominations, the Award Committee finds that there is no suitable candidate of sufficiently high standard, it may, at its discretion, recommend that no award be made.
9. The Award Committee will be responsible for preparing an appropriate citation to accompany the award of the Medal.
10. The Award Committee will conclude its work within three months of  receipt of the nominations from the Secretary General.
11. The award ceremony will be held at an IAPSO Assembly, where the recipient will deliver a Prince Albert I Medal Memorial Lecture.
12. Changes to the above guidelines may only be made by the IAPSO Executive Committee. Any changes must then be ratified at the next Assembly, following which they will become effective.
The Protocol was established on February 8, 2001.
The revised Protocol was approved at the 2005 IAPSO Assembly in Australia.
The proposed revisions were approved at the 2007 IAPSO Assembly in Italy.
The revised Protocol was approved at the 2009 IAPSO Assembly in Canada.
The revised Protocol was approved at the 2015 Assembly in Czech Republic.
The revised Protocol was approved at the 2017 Assembly in South Africa.