Opportunity for young UK scientists

Isle of Man Biosphere Reserve photo supplied by Allan Brown of Braaid Circle

Are you a young scientist carrying out interdisciplinary research on ecosystems, natural resources, or biodiversity, in line with the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme? If yes, you could be awarded $5,000 to support your ongoing research.

The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Young Scientists Awards aims to invest in a new generation of scientists worldwide, recognising that well-trained and committed young people are critical to addressing ecological and sustainability issues

Launched in 1971, UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) is an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. As part of the programme, the UK currently has six UNESCO Biosphere Reserves – regions for sustainable development and test sites for conservation approaches where communities collaborate to live in harmony with their environment.

The MAB Young Scientists Award is looking for young researchers (under the age of 35) carrying out interdisciplinary research in line with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme. Priority is given to projects carried out in biosphere reserves. In June 2017, the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme also adopted new criteria and conditions for Award winners. This change is to address the Lima Action Plan (LAP) for Biosphere Reserves and the relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in applications.

All applications must be endorsed and signed by the respective MAB National Committee before they are submitted to the MAB Secretariat. The deadline for submission of application forms for the 2018 MAB Young Scientists Award is 15 December 2017.

Information on how to apply, the criteria and objectives and contact details are available on the UNESCO website. If you are applying from the UK, you will need to contact the UK MAB Committee