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On the occasion of the ICSOBA 50th anniversary in 2013, the Awards Committee decided to produce commemorative medals (see the Figure below). The new "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" is 70 mm in diameter and it takes its inspiration from two past designs. On one side there are the embossed portraits of Pierre BERTHIER (1782-1861), member of the French Academy, discoverer of bauxite; Karl Joseph BAYER (1847 -1904), inventor of the Bayer alumina manufacturing process; Paul Louis Toussaint HEROULT (1863-1914) and Charles Martin HALL (1863-1914), inventors of aluminium-electrolysis, together with their names and dates of birth and death. On the other side there are the emblems of ICSOBA and the World, the full ICSOBA name, the name of the person awarded and the year of bestowal.
As in the past, the "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" constitutes a special award and may be awarded to not more than a few persons on the occasion of ICSOBA International Meetings. The medal may be awarded to those members of ICSOBA who achieved significant scientific or practical results within the field of action, or who notably strengthened its organization or promoted its international scientific and industrial cooperation. The name of the awarded person is to be inscribed on the medal, and the awarding event is published in the NEWSLETTER. The “Commemorative Medal” does not carry any pecuniary reward.
Six medals were awarded at ICSOBA 2013 in Krasnoyarsk to:
Dr György Komlóssy and Dimitri Contaroudas (past presidents), Prof. Dr Peter Polyakov, Dr Viktor Buzunov, Dr Andrey Panov and Marja Brouwer.
At ICSOBA 2014 in Zhengzhou four medals were awarded to: Roelof Den Hond (past president), Prof. Dr Li Wangxing, Dr Jeannette See and Gyorgy Banvolgyi.
At ICSOBA 2015 in Dubai three medals were awarded to: Dr Ali Al Zarouni, Michel Reverdy and Dr Vinko Poocnik.
At ICSOBA 2016 in Quebec two medals were awarded to: Dr Claude Vanvoren and Dr Houshang Alamdari.
Two medals were awarded at the 2017 ICSOBA conference in Hamburg. The medals were awarded to: Martin Iffert of Trimet Aluminium and to Marco van der Werff of DadCo.
Three medals were awarded at the 36th ICSOBA conference in Hamburg. The medals were awarded to:Sudipta Chaudhuri for her long-term commitment to ICSOBA, and for her tireless efforts in promoting it and its mission, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.
Raphael Vieira da Costa of Hydro for welcoming ICSOBA in Belem and facilitating the organization of the highly successful conference, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.Matthieu Arlettaz of R & D Carbon in recognition of his introduction of modern tools (ConfTool, Stripe, Whova), which revolutionized ICSOBA conference administration and his contribution to organization of the highly successful events, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.
In 2018 a Maple Leaf Aluminium Dish was offered to the visited plants (Paragominas bauxite mine, Alunorte alumina plant and Albras smelter) as token of appreciation for hosing ICSOBA delegates.