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Biodiversity Revisited Early Career Essay Competition 2019 (CHF 1,000 prize)

Biodiversity Revisited Early Career Essay Competition 2019 (CHF 1,000 prize)

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Do you have an interest and something to say about biodiversity and conservation? Are you an early career researcher or practitioner? Do you have a provocative idea on how we can improve biodiversity research and practice?

We are seeking innovative ideas, questions, framings, and discussions about the past, present, and future of it . The essays submitted will be part of the discussion leading up to, during, and after the international Biodiversity Revisited Symposium. Which will be taking place in September 2019, and will contribute to the formation of a new and integrated research agenda. Further,  that will shape the research and impact of biodiversity over the next five years. Also, the diversity of life that sustains humanity is being severely degraded by human activity. Which is leading to a deterioration in the land, air, and water quality, as well as the loss of natural ecosystems. Also,  and widespread declines in populations of wild species. These changes are well documented and of existential significance to human societies. Yet significant knowledge about the problem has not catalyzed effective broad-based action beyond.


  • There will be up to seven awards of CHF 1,000. Winners will also attend the international Biodiversity Revisited Symposium in September 2019.
  • Winners may also have the opportunity to promote their work through short ‘thought pieces’ for the Biodiversity Revisited and Luc Hoffmann Institute websites, social media contributions, and/or a podcast interview. The project secretariat will approach authors of submissions on a case by case basis to determine derivative promotional opportunities.


  • They suggest that “early career” means individuals who are within 5 years of finishing their Masters or PhD, or are still studying
  • Contributions from outside the biodiversity/conservation space are especially welcome. Submissions must be in English, but they strongly encourage both native English speakers and non-native English speakers to apply
  • The paper must be a maximum of 1,500 words, with no more than 15 references (please use the Harvard style). The paper must include a 250-word summary, as well as three to five provocative questions related to the essay content that can be used to stimulate dialogue at the Revisited Symposium. The references, provocative questions and summary are not in the word limit


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline16 July,2019
Open toAll Nationalities
Organizer Biodiversity Revisited
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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