APEC to honor young scientists through yearly award
Celebrating a decade of honoring young scientists, APEC is now accepting nominations for the 2020 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE), which spotlights cross-border innovations led by scientists in the region.
APEC 2020 host economy Malaysia has declared this year’s theme as ‘Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy’.
The 2020 ASPIRE Prize will be awarded to scientific research focused on biodiversity and how it contributes to local livelihoods, traditional and modern medicines, and economic development.
“Biodiversity underpins the health of our economies. Innovative research can contribute towards sustainable development by promoting best practices in waste management, food security and energy use,” said Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change.
Since its establishment in 2011, the ASPIRE prize has recognized young scientists addressing issues ranging from food security to sustainable ocean management and strengthening science and technology networks. The winning entry will receive US $25,000.
Each APEC economy may nominate one individual, who must be from the region and under 40 years of age. The impact of their work will be judged on their excellence in research and cross-border collaboration with peers from other APEC economies. Relevant academic disciplines include biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics, among others.