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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
Invitation to nominate candidates for IUFRO Awards to be given at the IUFRO World Congress 2014 in Salt Lake City, USA
The IUFRO World Congress "Forests for the Future: Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research" to be held on 5-11 October in Salt Lake City, USA, will be an opportunity to honour outstanding scientific achievements and contributions to forestry with a range of IUFRO Awards. IUFRO is herewith inviting and encouraging nominations of suitable candidates for the various categories of awards as listed below. The deadline for submission of nominations will be 31 August 2013.
Scientific Achievement Award (SAA)
Up to 10 awards will be given in recognition of distinguished individual scientific achievements within the fields of research covered by IUFRO.
Nominations may be made by a member of the nominee's parent organization, by Coordinators of Divisions, Research Groups, Working Parties and Task Forces, and by other officeholders and knowledgeable persons associated with the Union (but no self-nominations). Nominees must either belong to Member Organizations or be Individual Members of IUFRO.
Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (ODRA)
One award per IUFRO Division will be given to recognize outstanding individual scientific achievements among young Doctoral researchers within six years after the dissertation and to encourage further work within the fields of research covered by IUFRO.
Nominations may be made by a member of the nominee's parent organization, by Coordinators of Divisions, Research Groups, Working Parties, Task Forces and by other officeholders and knowledgeable persons associated with the Union (but no self-nominations). Nominees must either belong to IUFRO Member Organizations or be Individual Members of IUFRO.
IUFRO Student Award for Excellence in Forest Sciences (ISA)
This award recognizes outstanding individual achievements in forest science made by Masters degree students (or equivalent) during university studies or within 3 years after graduation within the 5-year Congress period, in order to encourage their further work within the fields of research covered by IUFRO.
Up to three awards may be presented for work related to the main theme and sub-themes of the IUFRO World Congress. Nominations can be made through IUFRO Members and through the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) via the IFSA Secretariat/Liaison officer.
For all three categories, the Award shall consist of a certificate, the most economical cost of (air) travel/subsidized travel to attend the World Congress, and waiver of the Congress registration fee. The SAA will be presented at the opening or closing ceremony of the World Congress. For the ODRA and ISA, the awards will be presented in a special plenary session where awardees are given the opportunity to present highlights of their award winning work. All award winners will be announced in a special issue of IUFRO News and in other media.
Furthermore, the Congress 2014 will also offer:
Best Poster Award (BPA)
To encourage public dissemination of high quality research and to recognize distinguished poster presentations during the IUFRO World Congress by young scientists under 35 years of age at the time of the IUFRO World Congress. Poster presentations will be judged directly at the IUFRO World Congress.
IUFRO World Congress Host Scientific Award
This award honours a truly outstanding scientist from the Congress host country who has elevated the profile of forest science and research.
For more information and nomination forms, please check the website:
Please send your nominations to the Executive Director of IUFRO (Mr. Alexander Buck at: office(at)iufro.org) with a copy to the Chair of the IUFRO Honours & Awards Committee (Professor Shirong Liu at: liusr(at)caf.ac.cn or liusr9311(at)163.com) before 31 August 2013.
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