Young Researchers Award

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

Bruno Umbelino, GB23
2016 Young Researchers Award winner Bruno Umbelino presenting at GB23, Brasília. Photo by Martin Kalfatovic, Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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.

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. The 2017 GBIF Young Researchers Award is funded by SBNO: Stichting ter Bevordering van Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek and supported by Pensoft Publishers.

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 by mid-summer.

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 earn the awards announced the winners prior to GBIF’s governing board.

Read the call for the 2017 awards

Previous winners

2017: Announcement pending
2016: Juan M. Escamilla Mólgora (Mexico) and Bruno Umbelino da Silva Santos (Brazil)
2015: Fatima Parker-Allie (South Africa) and Gonzalo Enrique Pinilla Buitrago (news item) (Colombia, Venezuela & Mexico)
2014: Vijay Barve (news item) (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)