[Taxacom] Deadline approaches for the Bernhard Rensch Prize of the Society of Biological Systematics (GfBS)!

Uwe Fritz Uwe.Fritz at senckenberg.de
Tue Dec 9 03:03:52 CST 2014

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 late
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 1,500 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
All applications must be received by December 14, 2014 and be sent to
the following: 
Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz, Museum of Zoology, Senckenberg Dresden, A. B. Meyer
Building, Königsbrücker Landstr. 159; D-01109 Dresden, Germany
Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz
Extraordinary Professor, University of Leipzig
Museum of Zoology (Museum fuer Tierkunde)
Director, Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden
A. B. Meyer Building
D-01109 Dresden
Phone ++49/(0)351/7958414-328
Fax ++49/(0)351/7958414-327

Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung
Rechtsfaehiger Verein gemaess § 22 BGB
Direktorium: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger, Prof. Dr. Andreas
Mulch, Prof. Dr. Katrin Boehning-Gaese, Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz, PD Dr.
Ingrid Kroencke, Dr. Johannes Heilmann
Vorsitzende des Praesidiums: Dr. h. c. Beate Heraeus
Aufsichtsbehoerde: Stadt Frankfurt am Main

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