[Taxacom] Deadline for the Fourth Bernhard Rensch Prize for Biological Syst ematics of the GfBS approaches

uwe.fritz at snsd.smwk.sachsen.de uwe.fritz at snsd.smwk.sachsen.de
Mon Oct 29 07:47:33 CDT 2007

Applications for the Fourth Bernhard Rensch Prize for Biological Systematics
of the GfBS

The Bernhard Rensch Prize is being awarded annually by the Society of
Biological Systematics (GfBS, Germany) to a young scientist who has
demonstrated exceptional work in any area of biological systematics. The
award was launched by the GfBS according to a suggestion by the recently
deceased Prof. Dr. Ernst Mayr, an honorary member of the GfBS, who also
helped underwrite the endowment for the prize with a generous contribution.
The prize honours the lifelong work of Bernhard Rensch, one of the founders
of the 'New Systematics'.

Eligible for consideration is any significant work (e.g., Bachelors or
Masters thesis, PhD dissertation, or the equivalent) where the applicant is
the sole or primary author. The study can be in any area in which the GfBS
is involved, with botanical, paleontological, and zoological (broadly
defined) studies all being equally desired. All submitted work will be
judged according to its scientific quality, innovativeness and creativity by
the Bernhard Rensch Committee, consisting of members of the council of the
GfBS and one additional, external jury member.The prize of 1,000 Euro
together with the Bernhard Rensch Medal will be awarded at the Annual
Meeting of the Society, where the recipient will present the work in a
public seminar. The Society will pay all the costs of the recipient
associated with attending the annual meeting as well asawarding a free
one-year membership to the Society.

The following is a summary of the key points associated with an application
for the prize:

*	The prize is open to all members of the scientific community,
whether or not they are members of the GfBS. Candidates can be either
self-nominated or nominated by another person. 

*	The candidate must be either the sole or primary author of the
nominated work. 

*	Only works written in either English or German can, unfortunately,
be taken into consideration. 

*	The nominated work can be in any of the areas of systematic botany,
paleontology, or zoology, each of which will be judged equally. 

*	The candidates must have defended their PhD no more than three years
before the submission deadline. 

*	Applications must include two hardcopies of the nominated work. A
short summary of the candidate's academic career and any other relevant
material, either about the study or the candidate, is also welcome. 

All applications must be received by November 30, 2007 and be sent to the

PD Dr. Uwe Fritz, Geschäftsführer der Gesellschaft für Biologische
Systematik (GfBS)
Museum für Tierkunde, Staatliche Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden,
Königsbrücker Landstr. 159; D-01109 Dresden, Germany


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