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2019 Annual Symposium Travel Awards

Travel Awards

IAVS is offering travel grants to attend the 62nd IAVS Symposium in Bremen, Germany to vegetation scientists facing financial challenges. These grants can cover the costs of the IAVS Symposium (travel, accommodation, registration fee) in full or in part.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must be a current member of IAVS.
  • If you are not a current member, please join IAVS or renew your membership prior to applying for a Travel Award.
  • If you cannot afford to join IAVS, please see the Financial Support page of the IAVS website for information regarding a 1-Year Membership Fee Waiver.  Your Membership Fee Waiver Application must be completed and approved prior to applying for a Travel Award for the IAVS Symposium.
  • The applicant must present a talk or poster at the Symposium.
  • Both students and non-students are eligible.


How to Apply (Deadline: 24 March 2019)

You will need to submit the following documents:

  • A motivation letter.  In the motivation letter (maximum 1 page), explain why you want to attend the IAVS Symposium, its possible benefits to your future research, and if applicable, how previous experiences/success with other conferences have helped your research. Indicate the approximate amount of support (in Euros) that you are asking for, and which expenses you need to cover (travel, registration fee, accommodation, or any combination of these). State clearly that you have no or only partial financial support from your institution for attending the IAVS Symposium. If you do have other support, state the amount in Euros.
  • A brief CV.

For the upload of motivation letter and CV, please use the following link: Travel Award Application
  • Your abstract. You must submit an abstract during the regular abstract submission process.  You can edit your abstract up to the submission deadline before approving it as final.

Your documents must be uploaded by the posted deadline to be considered for a Travel Award.

The applications will be handled by the IAVS Global Sponsorship Committee (GSC), which will make all decisions about financial support. The selection of grantees and the decision on the amount of the individual travel grants will be based both on the personal merits of the applicants (e.g. abstract quality, motivation, CV) and their needs (e.g. income situation, travel costs to the symposium).

All the applicants will be informed about the decision of the GSC.

Travel expenses of the awardees will be reimbursed after the Symposium based on the original receipts/tickets. Special arrangements can be made for those awardees who cannot pay for tickets in advance.



STEP 1: Scan all expense receipts into one PDF file. You will upload the PDF file with your reimbursement request. 
STEP 2: Complete the REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST FORM by clicking here.  


Reimbursement forms with incomplete information or missing receipts will not be processed.  If you have any questions about your reimbursement, please email us at

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