Young Researchers Award

This annual award aims to foster innovation in the use and mobilization of biodiversity data shared through the GBIF network.

Nora Escribano
2017 Young Researchers Award winner Nora Escribano, in the stacks at the Museum of Zoology, University of Navarra, Spain.

The GBIF Secretariat currently presents two annual prizes: the Young Researchers Award (described below) and the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge.

Young Researchers Awards

The Young Researchers Awards is an annual programme aimed at fostering innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics. The YRAs provide prizes to two graduate students—generally one Master’s candidate and one Ph.D candidate—nominated by GBIF Participant countries.

Read the call for the 2018 awards

Since its inception in 2010, the GBIF Young Researchers Award has sought to encourage innovation in the use and mobilization of biodiversity data shared through the GBIF network.

Calls for nominations go out each spring, and interested students must submit applications to the Head of Delegation of a GBIF Participant country. These national delegations are responsible for forwarding a maximum of two nominations to the GBIF Secretariat.

Graduate students wishing to be considered for the nominations should consult the websites of their national GBIF Participants or contact the Head of Delegation or node manager directly. The GBIF Secretariat and national Participants whose nominees are selected to receive the award are announced just before GBIF’s annual Governing Board meeting.

Previous winners

Year Winner, country affiliation Winner, country affiliation
2017 Nora Escribano Compains
Spain
Itanna Oliveira Fernandes
Brazil
2016 Juan M. Escamilla Mólgora
Mexico
Bruno Umbelino da Silva Santos
Brazil
2015 Fatima Parker-Allie
South Africa
Gonzalo Enrique Pinilla Buitrago (news item)
Colombia, Venezuela & Mexico
2014 Vijay Barve (news item)
India
Caoimhe Marshall
Ireland
2013 Emma Gomez-Ruiz
Mexico
Nathan Ranc
France
2012 Salvador Arias
Argentina
Elkin Tenorio Moreno
Colombia
2011 César Antonio Ríos-Muñoz
Mexico
Conor Ryan
Ireland
2010 Amy McDougall
United Kingdom
Andrés Lira-Noriega
United States

Special thanks

We wish to note our gratitude to SBNO: Stichting ter Bevordering van Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek and Pensoft Publishers, which funded and supported the 2017 GBIF Young Researchers Award, respectively.