Robert Noll from Tiefenthal (Rhineland-Palatinate) was recognised for the discovery, preparation, and research on anatomically preserved calamite horsetails and conifers, his effort on the popularisation of palaeontology by organising field trips, palaeontological exhibitions and scientific excavations, as well as for presentation of popular scientific books.
Volker Dietze from Nördlingen was recognised for his exact documentation over decades, his systematic research and biostratigraphic interpretation of Middle Jurassic ammonoid faunas in stand-alone and cooperative publications with scientists from national and international institutions and scientific bodies.
Due to the present pandemic situation, the award ceremony will take place in the autumn of 2021.
Prof. Dr. Michael Krings, Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie München, was recognised for his research on Palaeozoic floras and fossil fungi with their biotic interactions with other organisms, and for his effort on visibility of palaeobotany and palaeomykology with his contributions to international textbooks.
Dr. Rudolf Stockar, Museo cantonale di storia naturale Lugano, was recognised for his contributions to geology and palaeontology of the South Alps in various publications, notably on the Middle Triassic fossil site of Monte San Giorgio, its presentation in museums, and the successful approval as an UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
Monika Rothgaenger from Kallmünz near Regensburg was recognised for discovery, protection, and documentation of the fossil site of Brunn in East Bavaria, for cooperative excavation and preparation of its fossils, for organising publications by international specialists, and popularising the Bavarian Jurassic Plattenkalk lagerstätten.
Manfred Schulz from Großenlüder near Fulda was recognised for continuous and untiring collecting and excavating Muschelkalk fossils in Hesse and Thuringia, for meticulous documentation and masterly preparation of his finds, and for his contributions to the knowledge of the Muschelkalk malacostraca in collaboration with scientists at different European museums as well as in self-contained publications.
Dr. Andreas Kroh, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, was recognised for his research on the post-Palaeozoic sea urchins using novel phylogenetic methods and their documentation and publication, as well as for his effort on the protection and publication of the palaeontological type material in Austria.
Prof. Dr. Jörn Peckmann, Universität Wien, was recognised for his research on geobiology of extreme environments and for his publications on the phylogenetic development of Cold Seep communities, which attracted international interest and opened new ways in palaeontological research.
Wolfgang Sippel from Ennepetal was recognised for his ongoing voluntary excavations in Devonian and Carboniferous rocks of North Rhine-Westphalia and cooperative popularisation of the excavation results.
Dr. Rainer Schoch, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, was recognised for his research on Permian and Triassic reptiles and amphibians, their systematics, palaeoecology, and larval development, as well as for popularising palaeontological research in exhibitions and writings and the organisation and execution of excavations in the Triassic of Baden-Württemberg.
Ing. Manfred Kutscher from Sassnitz, Isle of Rügen, was recognised for his ongoing fossil collecting of the Cretaceous Rügen chalk, his research on Phanerozoic echinoderms, and conceptual design and realisation of the well known Chalk Museum Gummanz of Rügen.
Dr. habil. Ronny Rößler, Museum für Naturkunde Chemnitz, was recognised for his research on Rotliegend floras of Saxony, silification processes of fossil wood, and the popularisation of scientific research, notably the presentation of the Lithified Forest in the Chemnitz Natural History Museum.
Dipl.-Ing. Dieter Heinrich Grüll from Gernsheim on Rhine was recognised for collecting of and researching on the Tertiary fossil fauna of the Mainz Basin and its popularisation.
Dr. Léa Grauvogel-Stamm, Institut de Géologie Strasbourg, was recognised for her research of the rich Triassic floras of the Grès à Voltzia and the reconstruction of Upper Buntsandstein ecosystems of the Vosges and the preservation and scientific evaluation of the collection of her father, Louis Grauvogel.
Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Gall, Institut de Géologie Strasbourg, was recognised for his research on the rich and excellently preserved faunas of the Triassic Grès à Voltzia and the origin of the Upper Buntsandstein of the Vosges, the palaeoecology of palaeoenvironments, and the foundation of the European Palaeontological Association.
Dipl.-Ing. Hans H. Stühmer from Heligoland was recognised for ongoing fossil and rock collecting from the Isle of Heligoland and their documentation as well as for his effort on nature and environment of Heligoland.
Dr. Andreas Braun, Institut für Paläontologie Bonn, was recognised for his research on radiolaria, terrestrial microarthropods, and phosphatized Palaeozoic plant remains and for popularisation of palaeontology and development of innovative laboratory methods.
Dr. Günter Schweigert, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, was recognised for his research on floras and faunas of the earth history of Southwest Germany, notably the Nusplingen Limestone, the Randeck Maar, and Jurassic ammonoids as well as the popularisation of palaeontology in exhibitions and writings.
Werner Kugler from Crailsheim was recognisesd for rescue, preparation, and conservation of Lower Keuper reptiles and amphibians from Vellberg-Eschenau and his energetic and ongoing effort as a fossil collector for the knowledge of the Triassic vertebrates of Wuerttembergian Franconia.