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Acta Materialia Mary Fortune Global Diversity Medal


The Acta Materialia Mary Fortune Global Diversity Medal recognizes one or more of the following in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. It rewards either:

  • Promotion of, or representation of, women and other under- represented groups in the materials science and engineering field;
  • Contributions to the field of materials science and engineering, including teaching, professional service or research;
  • Demonstrated commitment to mentoring students and young professionals;
  • Promotion of materials science and related professional activities in the broader community.

With this distinction Acta Materialia, Inc. not only intends to honor outstanding contributions to the field but also to improve the awareness of the fundamental importance and diversity of materials research, both within the community and the public at large.

The Acta Materialia Mary Fortune Global Diversity Medal consists of a silver medal, an inscribed certificate, and a cash prize of US$5,000.

Candidates for this award may be proposed by any scientist/engineer/practitioner or any materials related society, previous Acta award recipients, Sponsoring or Cooperating Societies of Acta Materialia, Inc., and Editors of the Acta Materialia journals.

The nomination package should contain:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement by the nominator specifying the candidate’s suitability for the award. The emphasis should be on the nominee’s impact on their research field, rather than the metrics on their publications.
  • Letters of support from up to three distinguished scientists in the field
  • Citation of not more than 30 words

Nominations remain in effect for three years unless withdrawn or re-submitted, with additional justification, for an additional two-year period. Current members of the Acta Materialia Board of Governors and of the Award Selection Committees are not eligible for nomination.

The Award Selection Committee is formed of five judges, themselves distinguished materials scientists.

The Acta Materialia Mary Fortune Global Diversity Medal is awarded each year, unless the judges feel no candidate is qualified. The presentation is made at a venue approved by the Acta Materialia Executive Committee. The Award will not be bestowed in absentia except under extraordinary circumstances.

Nominations should be submitted to the Executive Secretary (Prof. Carolyn Hansson, [email protected]), preferably as a single file document in PDF or Word format.

Acta Materialia, Inc.

Acta Materialia, Inc. ( is a non-profit organization representing 36 professional societies worldwide. It is dedicated to disseminating the knowledge of science and engineering of materials, primarily by publishing high quality journals covering all aspects of the multidisciplinary field of materials science and engineering, including biomaterials, nanomaterials, materials chemistry and physics. The corporation publishes four journals in collaboration with Elsevier: Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, and Materialia.

Acta Materialia Mary Fortune Global Diversity Medal Award Recipients


Lynnette D. Madsen

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Ben Britton

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Amber Genau

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Katalin Balázsi

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