The ISRM Board decided, in July 2011, to institute the ISRM Lecture. In November 2012 it was renamed ISRM Franklin Lecture, in order to honour the memory of Professor John Franklin, president of the International Society for Rock Mechanics from 1987 to 1991.
The purpose of the ISRM Franklin Lecture is to recognise a mid-career ISRM member who has made a significant contribution to a specific area of rock mechanics and/or rock engineering. The ISRM Franklin Lecture is given in every year, at the respective ISRM International Symposium, except for those years when the 4-yearly ISRM Congress is held. The selection of the ISRM Franklin Lecturer is done in accordance with the Guideline for the ISRM Franklin Lecture.