GBIF is inviting nominations for the 2017 Young Researchers Awards, with the focus on publication of datasets that give rich information on species observed or collected in particular sampling events.

The GBIF Young Researchers Awards is an annual programme aimed at fostering innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics. Working closely with GBIF national Participants, the 2017 awards will provide €5,000 prizes recognizing the work of two graduate students—one a master’s candidate and one a PhD candidate—nominated by GBIF Participant countries.

In previous years, the YRAs have sought to encourage innovative uses of biodiversity data mobilized through the GBIF network. Building on recent updates to the Darwin Core standard that powers GBIF, the 2017 awards will recognize the best proposals to mobilize and share new sampling-event datasets through GBIF.org.

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.

Students interested in being nominated must submit their applications to a Head of Delegation of a GBIF Participant country (see the complete list). National delegations are responsible for forwarding up to two nominations to the GBIF Secretariat by 15 July 2017. The winners will be announced at the 24th GBIF Governing Board meeting, taking place in Helsinki, Finland in September 2017.

Here you can read more about the call for 2017 Young Researchers Awards.