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ProSPER.Net-Scopus YSA Symposium 2012


2012 ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award
in Sustainable Development


The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers based in the Asia-Pacific region, who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development.
For 2012, awards are given in each of three areas: “Sustainable Infrastructure”, “Sustainable Consumption and Production” and “Health and Poverty Eradication for Sustainable Development”. 
(Full list of keywords for each category can be found  here )

Winners of the
ProSPER.Net - Scopus Young Scientist Award 2012
Sustainable Infrastructure:


Dr. Tanapon Phenrat, Naresuan University, Thailand
Research area: Groundwater and soil remediation

"It is in fact recognition of the scientific and social impacts of our research attempt to the sustainability area of practice. I could not thank the world renowned organizations like ProSPER.Net, the United Nation University, and Elsevier enough for organizing this great program. Sponsored and publicized by the Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific journals and books, this award shines spotlight on our research initiative and can lead us to the expansion of our research initiative (i.e. more research partners) and to obtain further research supports to achieve our goals."

The full story of Dr. Tanapon's award, with video and pictures here!

1st Runner-up Dr. Supriya Pillai, University of New South Wales, Australia
Research area: Photovoltaics and plasmonics for renewable energy
2nd Runner-up Dr. Jianhua Guo, Beijing University of Technology, China
Research area: Wastewater treatment and energy saving
Sustainable Consumption and Production:


Dr. Jun Yang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Research area: Sweet potato genetic transformation for environment-friendly production

"The ProSPER.Net – Scopus Young Scientist Award is a great encouragement for the young researchers to get better results, to make advanced progress, to pay more attention to sustainable development. I was very glad and honored to win this award as it would be a huge positive impact on my future research career. As a publiser, Elsevier is commendable as they have shown their social responsibility and concerns on the conflict between society development and environment protection. I admire them for upholding these qualities."

The full story of Dr. Yang's award, with video and pictures here!

1st Runner-up

Dr. Rajeev Pratap Singh, Banaras Hindu University, India
Research Area: Agricultural utilization of organic waste

2nd Runner-up Dr. Kunchit Judprasong, Mahidol University, Thailand
Research area: Biodiversity of food and nutrition
Health with a focus on Poverty Eradication:


Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Research area: Poverty-related diseases, especially TB, malaria and dengue

"I am really thrilled to receive the Scopus Young Scientist Award. The award celebrates the importance of rigorous science for addressing real-world problems. It’s a validation that our research work has contributed significantly to sustainable development. I am especially thrilled to be honoured by Elsevier, the United Nations University and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation."

The full story of Dr. Yodi's award, with video and pictures here!

1st Runner-up Dr. Thu Anh Nguyen, Medical Committee Netherlands, Vietnam
Research area: Health and livelihood support for poverty eradication
2nd Runner-up Dr. Jianfen Liang, China Agricultural University, China
Research area: Improving human minerals nutrition with food approach

Photo Gallery of the Symposium

Winners of the ProSPER.Net - Scopus Young Scientist Award 2012 are chosen on the basis of 3 criteria: number of citations, number and quality of publications and patents, and documented social impact.
Winners walks away with US$1000 Cash Prize and a Fellowship with Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation which provides travel and living expenses to spend up to eighteen months collaborating with any research group of the recipient’s choosing in Germany.
1st Runner-up goes home with a Apple Macbook Air sponsored by Elsevier
2nd Runner-up also leaves with a Phillips Iphone Docking Speaker sponsored by Elsevier

More Info on ProSPER.Net here.

The Symposium


11 July 2012, 09:30-17:50 hours
The University of Tokyo
United Nations University

Venue: Elizabeth Rose Hall, United Nations University, Tokyo
Finalists are invited to present their work in the symposium and judged by a panel of three experts in each of the respective areas. It is an opportunity for researchers to disseminate their work to a broad audience and to demonstrate how academic work has been applied to improve livelihoods, promote an efficient way of using natural resources or create innovative approaches to unsustainable practices.
Panelists will also engage in a lively discussion about recent developments in each of the areas, building upon their own experience and research to share about the current state of the art in their respective fields. The expectation is that major trends in science and its relation to sustainability issues will be identified through an engaging discussion among experts and audience.

Programme Agenda on 11th July
09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:25 Opening Ceremony
1. Prof. Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector, UNU-IAS Director

2. Jack Huang, Elsevier

3. Mr. Tetsu Ikeda, Elsevier Japan

4. Prof. Koichiro Agata, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
10:25 – 11:20 Key note speech by Prof. Yuji Suzuki, Hosei University (40min talk + 15min Q&A)
Sustainable Infrastructure Category
11:20 – 12:00 Panel discussion, Chair Professor Rajiv Seth
Prof. Tony Dalton, RMIT University
Dr. Apostolos Giannis, Nanyang Technological University
Prof. Hidefumi Imura, Yokohama City University
Dr. Aki Suwa, UNU-IAS

12:00 –12:45

Mr. Tanapon Phenrat, Naresuan University, Thailand
Mr. Jianhua Guo, Beijing Univeristy of Technology
Ms. Supriya Pillai, University of New South Wales, Australia

12:45 – 14:15 Lunch break

14:15 – 14:45 Elsevier presentation

Supporting Research Activity Through Innovation - "From Early Career to Management"
by Tetsu Ikeda, Elsevier Japan
Sustainable Consumption and Production Category
14:45 – 15:25 Panel discussion, Chair Prof. TJ Lah
Prof. Tsuyoshi Fujita, National Institute for Environmental Studies
Prof. Zhu Dajian, Tongji University
Dr. Somporn Kamolsiripichaiporn, Chulalongkorn University

15:25 –16:10 Finalists’ presentations

Mr. Jun Yang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Mr. Kunchit Judprasong, Mahidol University, Thailand
Mr. Rajeev Pratap Singh, Banaras Hindu University, India

16:10 – 16:20 Coffee Break
Health and Poverty Eradication for Sustainable Development Category
16:20 – 17:00 Panel discussion, Chair Prof. Mario Tabucanon
Prof. Kenji Shibuya, University of Tokyo
Prof. Hari Kusnanto, Universitas Gadjah Mada

17:00 – 17:45 Finalists’ presentations

Mr. Yodi Mahendradhata, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Ms. Thu Anh Nguyen, Medical Commitee Netherlands, Vietnam
Ms. Jianfen Liang, China Agricultural University

17:45 – 17:50 Closing remarks


For more information on this award,
please contact the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Award Secretariat at: ysa@ias.unu.edu 
or Elsevier, Mr Derrick Choy at: st.marketing@elsevier.com


Elsevier’s Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Contributes to Global Sustainability Policy

About ProSPER.Net

The network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net) is a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development into postgraduate courses and curricula. Member institutions involved have strong education and research programmes in sustainable development and related fields. www.ias.unu.edu/efsd/prospernet



About SciVerse Scopus

Covering the world’s research literature, SciVerse Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit www.info.scopus.com.

In October 2008, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) announced it would use Scopus Custom Data for its research, analysis and benchmarking work due to its broad international coverage, clean flexible data and advanced features. Australian Research Council (ARC) selected Scopus to provide citation information for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative Cluster One evaluation. And of the top fifty universities, as ranked by Time Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, 50% of them depend on Scopus and the percentage increases each year.


About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet (www.thelancet.com) and Cell (www.cell.com), and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com), Scopus (www.scopus.com), Reaxys (www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (www.mdconsult.com) and Nursing Consult (www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite (www.scival.com) and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review (www.medai.com), which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively. A global business headquartered in Amsterdam , Elsevier (www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).



About Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (www.humboldt-foundation.de) supports the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development by providing a Humboldt Research Fellowship and additional benefits to the award winners. The Humboldt Research Fellowships allow them to come to Germany to work on a research project they have chosen themselves together with a host and collaborative partner in a German institution for a period of six to eighteen months. To ensure a maximum value of the research stay the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will provide the awardees with assistance in finding an appropriate host institution. This should be facilitated by an optional travel to Germany beforehand to meet possible host institutions. The approval of a scientist in Germany to host the award winner is a precondition being awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers. Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian. Even after research fellows initial stay in Germany has come to an end, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation maintain close links with them by providing a comprehensive alumni sponsorship programme.