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ProSPER.Net-Scopus YSA Symposium 2012 > ProSPER.Net-Scopus YSA Winners 2012

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

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

This award is very meaningful to me. It goes beyond the personal honor. It is in fact recognition of the scientific and social impacts of our research attempt to the sustainability area of practice. All the parties involved in my research including Environmental Research and Training Centre (ERTC), National Nanotechnology Center (Nanotec), Thailand Toray Science Foundation (TTSF), Office of the Royal Development Projects Board (RDPB), and the Faculty of Engineering at Naresuan University (NU) as well as other private sectors, my students, and my advisors (Prof. Greg Lowry, Prof. Robert Tilton, and Prof. David Dzombak at Carnegie Mellon University) share this award.

I could not thank the world renowned organizations like ProSPER.Net, the United Nation University, and Elsevier enough for organizing this great program. It gave me a great opportunity to connect with other young researchers in the field and to obtain valuable feedback from famous senior researchers who served as the panelists of the program. In addition, it is not an overstatement to say that this award provides me with a great motivation and substantially influence the direction for my future research. 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.

Last but not least, I have no doubt that this award is a great encouragement for other young scientists (especially in Thailand) to shape their research project to address both their own curiosity and the need of the society for sustainable development.

 
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.

I was particularly familiar with ScienceDirect.com and Cell.com of Elsevier in the past, this time Scopus.com caught me with interest. In my opinion, Cell, as the top science journal, is not only successful, but also very unique, which shed new light in our research projects from time to time. Elsevier also offered us an ideal platform to communication via searching references and publishing papers. What is commendable, as a publisher, Elsevier shown their social responsibility and concerns on the conflicting between society development and environment protection. I admire them for upholding these qualities.

This award makes me more confident with my research work. The Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship offers me the opportunity work and learn in germany. Hopefully, in the future, my vision can be fulfilled: to integrate bioinformatics and genetic engineering for crop improvements for the benefit of mankind.

 
Health with a focus on Poverty Eradication:

Dr. Yodi Mahendrahata, 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. Thus, it’s quite a prestigious award for junior scientists. I am especially thrilled to be honoured by Elsevier, the United Nations University and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Elsevier to be sure has played an important role in sustainable development science for many years by publishing reputable journals as well as providing us comprehensive bibliographic database on the subject. I am humbled to be recognized by such renowned institutions.

I am mindful that the works recognized by the award represent the contributions of many people. As they say: within a bowl of rice, there lies the work of a thousand people. Thus, being selected for the award, also says a lot about the incredible people around me: my mentors, my colleagues and also my family with all of their relentless support. I couldn’t have received this award without them.

The award will have huge implications for my future works. It is certainly no excuse to be satisfied. On the contrary, the award is a drive to do more meaningful scientific works in sustainable development. It means working on my current and future research at least as hard as I did on my previous works. It means continously striving to ensure that my current and future works truly make practical positive impact on the health of the community.

 


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.



 

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.

 

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