CONFERENCE AWARDS

Conference awards for SMM2024 will reflect the global nature of this years conference!

LOW INCOME COUNTRY TRAVEL GRANTS

The Society for Marine Mammalogy provides conference support for a limited number of scientific colleagues who are full-time principal investigators (PIs) employed by governments, universities or other organizations in countries where scientists have less access to research funds.

The following criteria have been chosen to establish the classification of eligible countries/regions: (1) Using the most recent World Bank classification, all countries/regions in the categories Upper Middle Income, Lower Middle Income, and Low Income are eligible; and (2) Within the High Income countries/regions, those countries/regions that spend less than US $50 million or less than 1% of their GDP on Research and Development (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_research_and_development_spending) are also eligible. Applying these criteria, in 2024 investigators are eligible, provided they do not reside in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States. 

This grant is meant for applicants who are primarily working scientists, and who a) are nationals and b) operate in a country/region where resources to support international conference attendance are inadequate or simply don’t exist. The grant is not open to applicants who are full time students (who are instead encouraged to apply for student travel grants). After screening for eligibility by the Chair of the Committee on International Relations, the applications will be ranked by the Committee and a selection made based on funds available. Selection criteria will address the potential value of the contributed communication to the advancement of marine mammal science and conservation in the applicant’s country/region, the applicant’s country/region representation within the Society’s membership, and the perceived difficulty of being a marine mammal scientist in the applicant’s region. Requirements include the following: a) full SMM membership at the time of the Conference; b) first (presenting) author of an abstract accepted by the Conference Committee; c) full participation in the Conference. Colleagues who have not obtained a Travel Grant in the previous two Biennial Conferences (2022 and 2019) will be given precedence.

When requesting support, please try to limit the request to your minimal needs. We have a fixed amount of funding available, and the less we will award pro capita, the more colleagues we will be able to support.

The Low Income Country Travel Grant application was accessible within the SMM2024 abstract submission form and is now closed.

Travel grant allocation decisions will be sent out by June 10, 2024, before the deadline for accepting or declining your presentation offer. Please watch for an email from international@marinemammalscience.org. If you no longer require a travel grant, please contact the IRC as soon as possible so they can allocate the funds to others.

 

If you have any questions about applying for a travel grant, please contact: Lucy Keith Diagne Chair, International Relations Committee (international@marinemammalscience.org).

Contribute to the SMM International Travel Grant program by making a donation today.

STUDENT REGIONAL AWARDS

Since the 2019 World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, the student awards have been assessed by region as well as presentation type, scientific content and impact. Regional assessment allows us to highlight our students’ achievements from around the globe and showcase the diversity of species and habitats that our membership work on. To facilitate the award judging process, the abstract submission form also includes various fields, asking for the location from which the presentation data was derived, the home country of the primary author and the institute or entity that supported the work. If the work is of a global or multi-national origin, don’t worry, we shall ensure there are sufficient options in the abstract submission form to capture multi-institutional research. If you have any questions about student awards and how to describe the location or nature of your presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact the awards committee (awardschair@marinemammalscience.org).

All student abstracts are assessed by the conference organising committee and panel of reviewers, however, student awards are decided by a team of judges who review each and every eligible presentation just prior to (videos and posters) and during the conference (oral and poster presentations). The judges submit their scores to the awards committee which are then used to select the winners of each category. Student presentations are assessed using the following four criteria;

  • Scientific impact, e.g., do we know something now that we did not know before
  • Scientific content, e.g., contains sound logical arguments.
  • Presentation, e.g.,do the title and abstract reflect the presentation content; is the organisation clear?
  • Sensory Impact, e.g.,design, imagery, audio; good balance of composition?

The Awards Committee also assess other awards, prior to and during the conference.

OTHER ELIGIBLE AWARDS

There are several other awards presented at the conference or for conference travel, please check if you are eligible and what abstract submission details are required by checking the following text:

AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARDS

The conference app will provide an option for all conference participants to choose their favourite daily presentation. This is open to all presenters and the judges are the audience themselves!

CONFERENCE THEME AWARD

Presentations that address the Conference Theme will also be considered for a special award.

Please highlight this in your abstract and presentation content if you feel your work fulfils this specific criterion.

FREDERIC FAIRFIELD MEMORIAL AWARDS

The award commemorates one of the giants of marine mammal science, the late Frederic Fairfield, a marine mammal scientist who had a passion for innovative research methods. This award, therefore, recognises students who have developed or applied pioneering techniques or research tools for studying marine mammals. The winner will be determined based on the submitted abstract, with an emphasis placed on the innovation of the methodology of the study and the potential it may have for making significant advances in our knowledge of marine mammals. This award is open to all students and students must stipulate during abstract submissionthat they wish to be considered for this award. All presentation formats are eligible, and data may be derived from the field, the laboratory or both.

Award amount: USD $1,500 (AUD 2,300)

Application process: On abstract submission, the applicant must tick the appropriate box for this award.  A small panel of previous Fairfield winners will judge presentations at the conference and select the winner or winners. (Note: individuals who are directly involved with the establishment or funding of this award are not eligible).

INNES MEMORIAL STUDENT TRAVEL BURSARY

Dr. Stu Innes was a vocal advocate for supporting students in their efforts to develop a career in Arctic marine mammal research. He believed that the Biennial Marine Mammal Conferences hosted by the Society for Marine Mammalogy were a good opportunity for young researchers to learn, network, and develop enthusiasm from the leaders in the field. As a tribute to Stu, friends and colleagues established the “Innes Memorial Student Travel Bursary” to help support a student’s travel to this conference. Only one travel bursary is awarded per conference and applicants must be members of the Society of Marine Mammalogy in good standing.

Award Amount: USD1000 (~ AUD 1500).

Application Process: If this award is selected on abstract submission, a field will appear into which the applicant must provide a short paragraph (400 words) detailing what benefits they will gain from attending the SMM conference and how the applicant will use their attendance to highlight research in the Arctic.

J. STEPHEN LEATHERWOOD MEMORIAL AWARD

The late Dr. Steve Leatherwood contributed to global marine mammal science, however, he was particularly passionate about developing research in Asia. In recognition of this, the Leatherwood Award is given to the most outstanding presentation involving marine mammals of South and Southeast Asia. The award highlights those who have made a specific contribution to conservation and for whom the monetary prize will assist overcoming some of the challenges of working in an under-resourced environment. This award is open to all presenters who live and work in the Asian countries listed below[1]. All presentation formats are eligible. A small panel comprising scientists who work in conservation will assess presentations and select the winner.

[1] Eligible areas include the riverine and maritime areas of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Taiwan), East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

SCIENCE ON A SHOESTRING AWARD

This is a new award for the 2024 Conference. The award aims to highlight low-budget and creative marine mammal research. Applicants can be at any career stage but must be members of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, in good standing.

What it is not: The research being considered cannot substantially rely on uncompensated interns, volunteers, or people who have paid to participate directly in the research. It also cannot substantially be the result of direct collaborations with well-funded research collaborators.

Award Amount and Support: Science on a Shoestring winners will be provided their conference registration fee plus up to USD 2000 (~AUD3000) for travel expenses.

Application process: If this award is selected during abstract submission, a field will appear into which the applicant must provide a short paragraph detailing the best or most important results that either involve the least amount of funding, or new and creative ways to fund and supply research, especially if they are transferrable to other regions or fields of study. Only one applicant per abstract submission will be eligible for the award.

Winners of this award will be expected to participate in a panel discussion at the conference on research funding challenges and ways to overcome them.

LOW INCOME COUNTRY TRAVEL GRANTS

The Society for Marine Mammalogy provides conference support for a limited number of scientific colleagues who are full-time principal investigators (PIs) employed by governments, universities or other organizations in countries where scientists have less access to research funds.

The following criteria have been chosen to establish the classification of eligible countries/regions: (1) Using the most recent World Bank classification, all countries/regions in the categories Upper Middle Income, Lower Middle Income, and Low Income are eligible; and (2) Within the High Income countries/regions, those countries/regions that spend less than US $50 million or less than 1% of their GDP on Research and Development (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_research_and_development_spending) are also eligible. Applying these criteria, in 2024 investigators are eligible, provided they do not reside in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States. 

This grant is meant for applicants who are primarily working scientists, and who a) are nationals and b) operate in a country/region where resources to support international conference attendance are inadequate or simply don’t exist. The grant is not open to applicants who are full time students (who are instead encouraged to apply for student travel grants). After screening for eligibility by the Chair of the Committee on International Relations, the applications will be ranked by the Committee and a selection made based on funds available. Selection criteria will address the potential value of the contributed communication to the advancement of marine mammal science and conservation in the applicant’s country/region, the applicant’s country/region representation within the Society’s membership, and the perceived difficulty of being a marine mammal scientist in the applicant’s region. Requirements include the following: a) full SMM membership at the time of the Conference; b) first (presenting) author of an abstract accepted by the Conference Committee; c) full participation in the Conference. Colleagues who have not obtained a Travel Grant in the previous two Biennial Conferences (2022 and 2019) will be given precedence.

When requesting support, please try to limit the request to your minimal needs. We have a fixed amount of funding available, and the less we will award pro capita, the more colleagues we will be able to support.

The Low Income Country Travel Grant application was accessible within the SMM2024 abstract submission form and is now closed.

Travel grant allocation decisions will be sent out by June 10, 2024, before the deadline for accepting or declining your presentation offer. Please watch for an email from international@marinemammalscience.org. If you no longer require a travel grant, please contact the IRC as soon as possible so they can allocate the funds to others.

If you have any questions about applying for a travel grant, please contact: Lucy Keith Diagne Chair, International Relations Committee (international@marinemammalscience.org).

Contribute to the SMM International Travel Grant program by making a donation today.

STUDENT REGIONAL AWARDS

Since the 2019 World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, the student awards have been assessed by region as well as presentation type, scientific content and impact. Regional assessment allows us to highlight our students’ achievements from around the globe and showcase the diversity of species and habitats that our membership work on. To facilitate the award judging process, the abstract submission form also includes various fields, asking for the location from which the presentation data was derived, the home country of the primary author and the institute or entity that supported the work. If the work is of a global or multi-national origin, don’t worry, we shall ensure there are sufficient options in the abstract submission form to capture multi-institutional research. If you have any questions about student awards and how to describe the location or nature of your presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact the awards committee (awardschair@marinemammalscience.org).

All student abstracts are assessed by the conference organising committee and panel of reviewers, however, student awards are decided by a team of judges who review each and every eligible presentation just prior to (videos and posters) and during the conference (oral and poster presentations). The judges submit their scores to the awards committee which are then used to select the winners of each category. Student presentations are assessed using the following four criteria;

  • Scientific impact, e.g., do we know something now that we did not know before
  • Scientific content, e.g., contains sound logical arguments.
  • Presentation, e.g.,do the title and abstract reflect the presentation content; is the organisation clear?
  • Sensory Impact, e.g.,design, imagery, audio; good balance of composition?

The Awards Committee also assess other awards, prior to and during the conference.

OTHER ELIGIBLE AWARDS

There are several other awards presented at the conference or for conference travel, please check if you are eligible and what abstract submission details are required by checking the following text:

AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARDS

The conference app will provide an option for all conference participants to choose their favourite daily presentation. This is open to all presenters and the judges are the audience themselves!

CONFERENCE THEME AWARD

Presentations that address the Conference Theme will also be considered for a special award.

Please highlight this in your abstract and presentation content if you feel your work fulfils this specific criterion.

FREDERIC FAIRFIELD MEMORIAL AWARDS

The award commemorates one of the giants of marine mammal science, the late Frederic Fairfield, a marine mammal scientist who had a passion for innovative research methods. This award, therefore, recognises students who have developed or applied pioneering techniques or research tools for studying marine mammals. The winner will be determined based on the submitted abstract, with an emphasis placed on the innovation of the methodology of the study and the potential it may have for making significant advances in our knowledge of marine mammals. This award is open to all students and students must stipulate during abstract submissionthat they wish to be considered for this award. All presentation formats are eligible, and data may be derived from the field, the laboratory or both.

Award amount: USD $1,500 (AUD 2,300)

Application process: On abstract submission, the applicant must tick the appropriate box for this award.  A small panel of previous Fairfield winners will judge presentations at the conference and select the winner or winners. (Note: individuals who are directly involved with the establishment or funding of this award are not eligible).

INNES MEMORIAL STUDENT TRAVEL BURSARY

Dr. Stu Innes was a vocal advocate for supporting students in their efforts to develop a career in Arctic marine mammal research. He believed that the Biennial Marine Mammal Conferences hosted by the Society for Marine Mammalogy were a good opportunity for young researchers to learn, network, and develop enthusiasm from the leaders in the field. As a tribute to Stu, friends and colleagues established the “Innes Memorial Student Travel Bursary” to help support a student’s travel to this conference. Only one travel bursary is awarded per conference and applicants must be members of the Society of Marine Mammalogy in good standing.

Award Amount: USD1000 (~ AUD 1500).

Application Process: If this award is selected on abstract submission, a field will appear into which the applicant must provide a short paragraph (400 words) detailing what benefits they will gain from attending the SMM conference and how the applicant will use their attendance to highlight research in the Arctic.

J. STEPHEN LEATHERWOOD MEMORIAL AWARD

The late Dr. Steve Leatherwood contributed to global marine mammal science, however, he was particularly passionate about developing research in Asia. In recognition of this, the Leatherwood Award is given to the most outstanding presentation involving marine mammals of South and Southeast Asia. The award highlights those who have made a specific contribution to conservation and for whom the monetary prize will assist overcoming some of the challenges of working in an under-resourced environment. This award is open to all presenters who live and work in the Asian countries listed below[1]. All presentation formats are eligible. A small panel comprising scientists who work in conservation will assess presentations and select the winner.

[1] Eligible areas include the riverine and maritime areas of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Taiwan), East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

SCIENCE ON A SHOESTRING AWARD

This is a new award for the 2024 Conference. The award aims to highlight low-budget and creative marine mammal research. Applicants can be at any career stage but must be members of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, in good standing.

What it is not: The research being considered cannot substantially rely on uncompensated interns, volunteers, or people who have paid to participate directly in the research. It also cannot substantially be the result of direct collaborations with well-funded research collaborators.

Award Amount and Support: Science on a Shoestring winners will be provided their conference registration fee plus up to USD 2000 (~AUD3000) for travel expenses.

Application process: If this award is selected during abstract submission, a field will appear into which the applicant must provide a short paragraph detailing the best or most important results that either involve the least amount of funding, or new and creative ways to fund and supply research, especially if they are transferrable to other regions or fields of study. Only one applicant per abstract submission will be eligible for the award.

Winners of this award will be expected to participate in a panel discussion at the conference on research funding challenges and ways to overcome them.