GBIF Young Researchers Award in the Use of Global Biodiversity Information Facility 471 views

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In order to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is inviting applications for the 2017 Young Researchers Award from graduate students, by submitting the best proposals to mobilize and share new sampling-event datasets through

These fundamental datasets from ecological researchers contain key information on the presence or absence and abundance of species, and provide the richest resource for modeling biodiversity patterns and for detecting changes and trends in populations. They provide a critical tool for understanding the prospect and pace of widespread global change.

To demonstrate the potential value of sharing such ‘sampling-event datasets’, GBIF will present the 2017 Young Researchers Awards to recognize excellent examples of structured datasets derived from the applicants’ ecological research activities and published to the GBIF network.

GBIF is an international open data infrastructure for biodiversity that supports research and promotes evidence-based decisions affecting life on Earth and sustainable human development.


Two awards of €5,000 each will be given, 1 to a Masters student and the other to a doctoral student. Awardees are expected to disseminate research results via peer-reviewed publications, presentations at professional meetings and other media, clearly acknowledging GBIF support.


Applicants must be graduate students who are enrolled either in a Masters or doctoral programme at a university. They have to be nominated by a Head of Delegation (HoD) of a GBIF Participant country (see the Official Website for participant countries). The submissions must demonstrate that the applicants have made efforts to share data from their ecological research activities as new open-access sampling-event datasets available through They should prepare datasets showing measures of abundance for a focus set of species from multiple sites and/or dates; and then publish these datasets as sampling-event datasets through the GBIF network, whether through existing institutional or national data publishing mechanisms or through a GBIF-operated publishing tool.


As students have to be nominated by a Head of Delegation of a GBIF Participant Country, who then will submit a maximum of 2 proposals to GBIF by 15 July 2017, student applicants will have to contact the GBIF national delegation of the country for the submission deadlines set by them, which should be before 15 July 2017.

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