GfH-Medal of Honor

Standing Orders: Award of the “GfH – Medal of Honor”

Aim
The aim of awarding the “GfH-Medal of Honor” is to recognize an individual for their significant contributions to the field of human genetics. The German Society of Human Genetics will organize a ceremony at the annual GfH conference for this purpose. This tribute is meant to be a recurring highlight of the annual GfH meeting to honor the recipient by conferring on them the “GfH – Medal of Honor”. Recipients of the “GfH – Medal of Honor” will become honorary members of the German Society of Human Genetics.

Mode of nomination and election
All members of the German Society of Human Genetics are invited to nominate a candidate for award of the “GfH-Medal of Honor”. Significant scientific contributions to the field of human genetics, and an outstanding personality should be selection criteria. Proposals must be submitted to the GfH Council. A written statement highlighting the nominee’s scientific contributions and the reasons this individual should receive the honor should accompany the proposal.

The GfH Council will elect the person to be honored by a majority vote.

This decision will be presented to the GfH General Meeting for approval. After approval by the General Meeting, the acceptance of the person to be honored is required.

Accomplishment
Because prior approval of the Council proposal by the General Meeting is required, the “GfH - Medal of Honor” will be awarded at the subsequent annual meeting of the Society.

The person to be honored will be invited by the GfH chairman. Acceptance of the award, location, time, and setting of the ceremonial act will be announced by the Council. The organizer of the General Meeting must arrange the stay of the person to be honored.

GfH-Medal of Honor
The “GfH - Medal of Honor” is produced by order of the GfH at their expense, and is stamped with the annual date and the name of the laureate. The medal will be presented by the GfH chairman at the tribute.

Exclusion of legal actions
Legal actions against the decision of the Council are not permitted.

Prearrangement and postprocessing within the scope of public relations
The Council, together with the chairman of the conference and the GfH office, should make efforts to adequately incorporate the award into the public relations of the GfH (information exchange between the chairman of the conference and the GfH executive board, public relations while the conference takes place, invitation of photographs and journalists, preparation of press reports, etc.).

Standing orders compiled the 23rd of June 2003

Approved by the GfH General Meeting the 2nd of October 2003

Signed by Prof. Dr. C.R. Bartram

Prof. Dr. G. Gillessen-Kaesbach

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