Awards

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

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

Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

The GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge is an annual incentive prize that seeks to inspire innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data by scientists, informaticians, data modelers, cartographers and other experts.

The GBIF Secretariat will issue a preliminary call for submissions to the 2019 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge in November 2018.

Like the Ebbe Nielsen Prize it replaced, the Challenge honours the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics and one of the principal founders of GBIF, who tragically died just before it came into being.

While the focus of the competition has evolved from year to year, Challenge entries manifest a variety of forms and approaches—new analytical research, richer policy-relevant visualizations, web and mobile applications, or improvements to processes around data digitization, quality and access.

2018 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

1st Prize

2nd Prize

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2016 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

1st Prize

2nd Prize

  • sampbias: Alexander Zizka, Alexandre Antonelli and Daniele Silvestro, University of Gothenberg, Sweden
  • GBIF Coverage Assessment Tools: Walter Jetz, Jeremy Malczyk, Ajay Ranipeta, Luis J. Villanueva, Carsten Meyer and Michelle Duong, Map of Life Consortium, United States

Honourable Mention

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2015 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

1st Prize

2nd Prize

Finalists

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Ebbe Nielsen Prize

Prior to its 2014 reboot, GBIF awarded the Ebbe Nielsen Prize to recognize an individual who demonstrated excellence in combining biodiversity informatics and biosystematics research.

Past Prize winners

2014: Tony Rees (Australia) | video
2013: Miguel Bastos Araújo (Portugal) | video
2012: Nathan Swenson (United States)
2011: Jens-Christian Svenning (Denmark)
2010: Sujeevan Ratnasingham (Canada)
2009: Andy Jarvis (Colombia)
2008: Vince Stuart Smith (United Kingdom)
2007: Paul Flemons (Australia)
2006: John Wieczorek (United States)
2005: Pablo Goloboff (Argentina)
2004: Johan Nilsson (Sweden)
2003: Stefan Schröder (Germany)
2002: Nozomi Ytow (Japan)