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Dr. Ratiba Sahoui | Earth and Planetary Sciences Award | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Ratiba Sahoui, Université des sciences et technologies Houari Boumediene, Algeria

Dr. Ratiba Sahoui is a distinguished geologist at the University of Sciences and Technology, Houari Boumediene (USTHB), Algiers, Algeria. Specializing in planetary geology and impact craters, she has contributed significantly to the field with pioneering research on meteorite impact structures in Algeria and Mauritania. Dr. Sahoui’s impressive academic journey includes an engineering degree, a Magister, and a Doctorate in Geology. She is an active member of the Meteoritical Society and has organized numerous conferences. Her work with international projects, including UNESCO, underscores her dedication to advancing geological sciences. 🌍🔬✨


Publication Profile



Dr. Ratiba Sahoui earned her Engineer degree in Geology in November 2006 from the University of Sciences and Technology, Houari Boumediene (USTHB), specializing in Seismology and Petrology, in collaboration with SONATRACH and CRAAG. Her thesis focused on the seismotectonic mapping of the western Algiers Sahel. In July 2009, she obtained her Magister in Geology with a specialization in Planetology, producing the first Magister thesis on impact craters in the Maghrebian countries, titled “Geological Study of the Talemzane Meteorite Impact Crater, Algeria.” In April 2017, she achieved her Doctorat En Sciences in Geology, focusing on Algerian and Mauritanian meteorite impact craters, their shock effects, and metamorphism. 🌍🪐📚


Professional Experience 

Dr. Ratiba Sahoui’s professional journey in academia began in November 2007 as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geology at USTHB, Algiers, Algeria. Over the years, she progressed to roles of increasing responsibility, serving as a Maitre Assistant “B” from December 2009 to December 2012, then as a Maitre Assistant “A” from January 2013 to April 2017. Since April 2017, she has held the position of Maitre de Conférence in the Department of Geology, where she continues to impart her expertise and mentor the next generation of geologists. 📚👩‍🏫🌍


Honors and Award

Dr. Ratiba Sahoui was honored with the prestigious Prime Prize of The Maghreban Young Researcher at the 1er Congrès International sur la Géologie du Maghreb (Géo Mag 1) in Tlemcen, Algeria. This recognition highlights her exceptional contributions to geological research, particularly in the Maghreb region. As a young researcher, Dr. Sahoui’s innovative work in planetary geology and impact craters has earned her acclaim within the scientific community, inspiring future generations of scientists. The award underscores her dedication and talent in advancing our understanding of geological phenomena in the Maghrebian context. 🏆🪐🌍

Research Focus

Dr. Ratiba Sahoui’s research focuses on the morphometric and structural parameters of impact craters in Algeria, exploring the influence of sedimentary target rocks and post-impact processes. Her work delves into understanding the geological features and dynamics of impact craters, shedding light on their formation mechanisms and subsequent modifications over time. Through detailed analysis and investigation, Dr. Sahoui aims to unravel the complexities of impact cratering events and their implications for planetary geology. Her dedication to this field contributes to advancing our knowledge of extraterrestrial impacts and their effects on Earth’s geological landscape. 🪐🔍🌍


Ratiba Sahoui | Earth and Planetary Sciences Award | Best Researcher Award

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