21/07/2017
EMS Tromp Award goes to Stéphanie Horion

Award for an outstanding achievement in biometeorology

The EMS Tromp award has recently been established and is given for the third time this year. The EMS Tromp Award 2017 winner is Stéphanie Horion, Assistant professor at the Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, nominated with the paper:
Revealing turning points in ecosystem functioning over the Northern Eurasian agricultural frontier, published in April 2016 in Global Change Biology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.13267/abstract

The prize will be presented during the EMS Annual Meeting 2017 on 5 September 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. The awardee will receive $US 1,000 and travel expenses to attend the EMS Annual Meeting. The awardee will give a presentation on 8 September 2017 at the Session OSA2.5 Agricultural Meteorology.

The Tromp Foundation (Foundation for Biometeorological Research), the legacy of Solco W. Tromp, is funding this award with the intention to promote biometeorology in Europe. Biometeorology is an interdisciplinary science studying the interactions between atmospheric processes and living organisms – plants, animals and humans. It provides answers to the question How does weather and climate impact the well-being of all living beings?

EMS Tromp Young Scientist Travel Awards

The Tromp Foundation also funds three Tromp Foundation travel awards for young scientist (TFTAYS) for papers that are presented at the EMS Annual Meeting specifically on topics in biometeorology. The following recipients have been selected:

All presentations are in Session OSA2.8/ES1.7: Atmospheric effects on humans: Air quality, biometeorology, urban climate and UV-radiation

Who was Solco Walle Tromp?

Solco W. Tromp was born on March 1909. He studied geology and geography at Leyden University, The Netherlands, and after he received his PhD he worked as an exploration geologist for oil companies. During World War II he became involved in de Dutch section of MacArthur’s Headquarters. After the war, he studied physiology and meteorology; in 1947 he became a Professor of Geology at the King Saud University in Cairo, Egypt; from 1950 to 1955 he was a geological consultant at the UN Technical Assistance programme for Central America and the Middle east.

In 1955, he switched to biometeorology and founded the Biometeorological Research centre in Leyden. In the same year he founded the International Society for Biometeorology of which he was secretary until 1976. Solco Tromp combined three distinct qualities, a highly scientific mind, a logical intellect and an excellent organisational talent. By 1953, he already achieved a substantial bibliography on topics, which we may refer to as biomedical science or medical geography. His remarkable productive energy continued to the time of his death in 1993.

As a person, Solco Tromp was very courteous, full of humour and with a great zest for life. He became the main promoter of biometeorology for many years after his geology career. After he died part of his legacy was allocated to The Tromp Foundation (Foundation for Biometeorological Research). The aim of the Foundation is to promote Biometeorology.