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TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science
The fourth edition of the award will recognize achievements in mathematics and/or artificial intelligence (AI). The award, worth USD 10,000, is sponsored by Lenovo Ltd.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is the highest academic institution and R&D centre in China. It has 100 branch institutes and two universities, and has created numerous commercial enterprises, including computer company Lenovo. CAS and TWAS collaborate in the CAS-TWAS President’s Postgraduate Fellowship Programme and the CAS-TWAS Centres of Excellence. In addition, CAS hosts the TWAS Regional Office for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific (ROESEAP).
CAS President and former TWAS President Bai Chunli played a central role in creating the award, currently funded for five years.
The recipients receive USD10,000 sponsored by Lenovo, global leader in consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology that is the largest PC company in the world.
The subject rotates among various fields of science. The 2020, 2021, and 2022 awards recognized achievements respectively in the physical sciences; astronomy and cosmology; and earth sciences. The future years it will honour achievements in life sciences.
TWAS is inviting nominations for the 2023 Award from all its members as well as science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions in developing and developed countries.
Self nominations (i.e. applications) and nominations from jury members WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Eligible candidates are young scientists (not older than 45 years of age), national of a developing country, who have been living and working in a developing country for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their nomination.
In 2023 the award will recognize achievements in mathematics and/or artificial intelligence (AI).
Self nominations and nominations from jury members will not be considered. Fellows of TWAS are not eligible.
The same nominee cannot be nominated for more than one 'Fellows of TWAS Awards' in a given year. The secretariat retains the right to bring to the attention of the relevant nominators that the nomination may be suitable for another award, and the final decision whether or not to shift the nomination will be taken by the nominators themselves.
Selection of the winner is made on scientific merit. A pre-screening of the nominees will be done at TWAS. The nomination dossiers of the qualified candidates will then be submitted to jury members for their evaluation. Based on this evaluation the winner will be selected.
HOW TO NOMINATE A SCIENTIST:
The nominations can only be submitted electronically through the on-line platform by clicking on the “NEW NOMINATION” button at the bottom of this page.
To resume working on saved nominations, click on the "RESUME" button at the bottom of this page.
The deadline for receiving nominations is 15 May 2023, however we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the deadline but submit the nomination as early as you can to enable us to process it as quickly as possible.
Before starting compiling the nomination, PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE MAXIMUM CHARACTERS ALLOWED.
A nomination is considered complete only if includes all of the following information/material:
- Nominator contact details;
- Nominee contact details (self nominations are not accepted) and general information on the nominee, including the country where he/she has been working and living in the past 2 years;
- Authorization from the nominee (i.e. the candidate) to process his/her personal data for the purposes of his/her nomination, in conformity to Art. 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003. This authorization can only be submitted through the online platform. The privacy authorization form is available for download in the section ‘nominee’s personal data’. The form must be filled in and signed by the candidate and then uploaded onto the on-line platform;
- Suggested citation (15-20 words highlighting the nominee's scientific achievements in earth sciences);
- Supporting statement regarding the nominee’s contribution in mathematics and AI. Supporting statements should explain in detail the work performed by the candidate and its significance in the relevant scientific context. Clear reference should be made to the scientific impact of the nominee's work. Vague supporting statements will not be considered and will negatively affect the evaluation;
- Clear and detailed account of any time spent abroad by the nominee in the past two years;
- PhD: information on subject area, year and awarding institution;
- Brief information on membership in academies and societies;
- Brief information on awards and honours received;
- List of 10 most significant publications listed in an internationally acceptable format;
- The nominee's brief CV and her/his complete list of publications are also to be uploaded, separately, onto the online platform.
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Please note that once you have duly modified the content of one or more fields, the red highlight will not disappear until you run again a check.
For quick tips, please click on: http://onlineforms.twas.org/documents/Applicants_tutorial.pdf
Previous winners of the TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science:
2022: Earth Sciences: Sun Yele of China, for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of air pollution sources and formation mechanisms, and how air pollution interacts with the boundary layer.
2021: Astronomy and Cosmology: Laura Pérez of Chile, for her significant contributions to reveal the signatures of planet formation using innovative high-resolution imaging to study protoplanetary disks.
2020: Physical Sciences (including physics and chemistry): Parameswaran Ajith of India, for his pioneering contributions to the development of phenomenological models of gravitational-wave signals from coalescing binary black holes.