Each year GBIF recognizes significant achievements in biodiversity informatics. Working with the Governing Board and Science Committee, the Secretariat currently presents two awards: the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge and the Young Researchers Award.
From 2002 to 2014, GBIF awarded the Ebbe Nielsen Prize.
In 2014, the GBIF Secretariat launched the inaugural GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, seeking innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data by scientists, informaticians, data modelers, cartographers and other experts.
2016 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge Winners
|1st Prize||Exploring ignorance in space and time||Alejandro Ruete|
|2nd Prizes||sampbias||Alexander Zizka, Alexandre Antonelli and Daniele Silvestro|
|nbsp;||GBIF Coverage Assessment Tools||Walter Jetz, Jeremy Malczyk,
Ajay Ranipeta, Luis J. Villanueva,
Carsten Meyer and Michelle Duong
|Honourable Mention||BioGeoBias||Laurens Gefferts|
|Towards global-scale species distribution models||Aafke Schipper, Jasmijn Rost,
Daniela Remenska and Valerio Barbarossa
2015 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge Winners
|1st Prize||GBIF dataset metrics||Peter Desmet, Bart Aelterman &
|2nd Prize||BioGUID.org||Richard Pyle (United States)|
|Finalists||#myGBIF||Tom August (United Kingdom)|
|ecoSpace 2||Miguel Porto (Portugal)|
|GBIF Soundscape||Ben Raymond & Peter Neish
|Wallace: A Web App to Harness Biodiversity Data||Robert P. Anderson, Matthew
Aiello-Lammens, Bob Muscarella,
Bruno Vilela & Jamie Kass
(United States, Denmark and Spain)
The Young Researchers Award (YRA) is an annual award aimed at fostering innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by encouraging graduate students to use GBIF-mediated data.
Two awards of €4,000 are available to graduate students in a master’s or doctoral programme. The 2016 call for nominations is now closed.
- 2016: Juan M. Escamilla Mólgora (Mexico) and Bruno Umbelino da Silva Santos (Brazil)
- 2015: Fatima Parker-Allie (South Africa) and Gonzalo Enrique Pinilla Buitrago (Colombia, Venezuela & Mexico)
- 2014: Vijay Barve (India) and Caoimhe Marshall (Ireland)
- 2013: Emma Gomez-Ruiz (Mexico) and Nathan Ranc (France)
- 2012: Salvador Arias (Argentina) and Elkin Tenorio Moreno (Colombia)
- 2011: César Antonio Ríos-Muñoz (Mexico) and Conor Ryan (Ireland)
- 2010: Amy McDougall (United Kingdom) and Andrés Lira-Noriega (United States)