APEC is now accepting nominations for the 2022 APEC Science Award for Innovation, Research and Education, or ASPIRE, which promotes scientific excellence and international collaboration among young researchers aged 40 and under.
This year, the science award calls for original and groundbreaking research focused on “innovation to achieve economic, environmental and social goals”, which may include topics such as biological progress, sustainability and agricultural systems, among others. .
Applicants can also look into the integration of global standards such as the Bio-Circular-Green Economy (BCG) model; environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices; and responsible business conduct in the private sector.
“There is growing concern about how environmental issues will affect the world’s population and long-term livelihoods,” said Xuemei Yang, chair of the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and innovation, which administers the annual science award.
“Through ASPIRE, we encourage young researchers to approach the question of sustainability through a multi-objective perspective; looking at how science can help economies be more sustainable and improve our society,” Yang added.
Each APEC member economy can nominate one person under the age of 40. Applicants’ work will be measured against scientific publications, contributions to the ASPIRE 2022 theme, and their level of commitment to cooperation and collaboration with their peers from other APEC economies.
The ASPIRE winner will receive a $25,000 prize, presented by two leading global publishers of scientific research, Wiley and Elsevier. The winner will receive their honors at an awards ceremony hosted by APEC 2022 host Thailand in August this year.
“It’s critical that we highlight cross-disciplinary collaborations that create a more sustainable future for all of us,” said Youngsuk “YS”, President of Elsevier. “ASPIRE aims to bring together outstanding researchers whose findings and evidence-based recommendations will guide policy makers and the private sector to make the right decisions and changes.”
“As we work to build a better future, ASPIRE provides a platform to celebrate young scientists in APEC and inspire future generations to play a part in solving the region’s economic, environmental and social challenges,” said Brian Napack, President and CEO of Wiley.