The award was established in memory of Graham Cogley (see obituary) and recognizes excellence in glaciological research by early career scientists. The award was initiated and is generously sponsored by the Cogley family for a period of 20 years, and is shared between IACS and the International Glaciological Society (IGS).
The IACS Early Career Scientist (ECS) Prize is a bi-annual cash prize of € 1000 awarded to two early career scientists who have published the best scientific papers on a cryospheric subject as assessed by an independent evaluation committee. The objective of the prize is to recognize excellence in cryospheric science by honouring and promoting two ECS scientists, and to draw attention to the work of IACS.
Awardees must be IACS members by the time the award is received.