The Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award is given annually to the individual or organization that is most effective
in bringing transdisciplinary science of the interactions of ecology and
society into practice. Examples of possible winners include, a high school
teacher who develops a special curriculum, a mayor with initiatives and
actions for the town based on scientific concepts, a journalist who
brings scientific insights to a broader audience, or a NGO group who facilitates
local knowledge production in rural communities.
The purpose is to recognize the importance of practitioners who translate the scientific findings and insights of the scholarly community to practical applications. We want to identify innovative practitioners so that their story can be an example for others.
The award consists of 1000 Euro and an article in Ecology and Society
devoted to this person or organization. This article will be written by
those who send in the nomination.
Who can be nominated?
A person or organization that has succeeded in translating transdisciplinary
science theory into practice.
Any academic scholar or group of academic scholars can nominate a person
or organization. An accompanying letter will argue why this person or
organization is an exemplary example of the interface of practice and
science in the domain of ecology and society. Self-nominations are not
How do I nominate someone?
There are no application forms. Nominators need to provide a convincing
letter. Nomination letters are typically a few pages to make a convincing case. Essays describing past winners are extensions of the nomination letters.
Where to submit nominations?
The deadline for nominations falls annually on July 1st.
Nomination letters can be sent, preferably electronically, to Dr. Marco
Janssen, Email: Marco.Janssen@asu.edu.
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University,
Box 872402, Tempe, AZ 85287-2402.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I nominate myself?
A: No, you can only nominate others
Q: I have some new research ideas. Does your program fund this?
A: No, this award is not for research proposals, but recognizes practitioners on their past accomplishments.
Q: I would like to nominate a colleague for his/her important scientific
contributions. Does your award program consider this?
A: No, this award is to recognize practitioners. Academics can be nominated, but for their activities as a practitioner, not their scientific contributions.
Q: What do I submit to nominate somebody?
A: Please write and submit an essay in which you describe the accomplishments
of the nominated person or organization. You may look at essays written
winners of the award for examples. The winning essays are typically
drafts of what will become the article for Ecology and Society.
Q. Do you have a nomination form that I need to fill in?
A: There is no official form. The essay as described above is the material on which decisions are based.