Awards

IAVS seeks to recognize scientists who have made or are making outstanding contributions to vegetation science through research, scholarship, or service. Toward this end we maintain several award programs.

1. Alexander von Humboldt Medal. The Alexander von Humboldt Medal for Excellence in Vegetation Science is the highest award the IAVS can bestow on a vegetation scientist for an outstanding body of work. Established 2011 and awarded at approximately two-year intervals.

Nomination: In principle, the award will be granted every two years (on odd years), alternating with the Honorary Member Award. The Award Committee will select recipients. Proposals for candidates can be sent to the Committee until six months before the annual meeting. The Award Committee will discuss the proposals and nominate a candidate and this nomination will be presented to the Governing Board for approval.
Award: The Alexander von Humboldt Award consists of a bronze medal and a work of art. The recipient will be invited to the annual IAVS symposium at the expense of the IAVS (travel, accommodation and symposium fee) and will be asked to present a key-note lecture, following official recognition. The laudation will be published in the IAVS Bulletin and on the IAVS website.

2. Honorary Member Award. Honorary membership is the highest award the IAVS can bestow on an individual member to recognize sustained contributions of extraordinary merit to the Association or to the field of Vegetation Science. Established 1988, and awarded at approximately two-year intervals.

Nomination: In principle, the Award will be granted every two years (on even years), alternating with the Award for Excellence in Vegetation Science. The Award Committee will be in charge of selecting honorary members. Proposals for candidates can be sent to the Committee until six months before the annual meeting. The Award Committee will discuss the proposals and nominate a candidate and this nomination will be presented to the Governing Board for approval. 
Award: The Honorary Member will be invited to the annual IAVS symposium at the expense of the IAVS (travel, accommodation and symposium fee) and will be asked to present a key-note lecture, following official recognition. The laudation will be published in the IAVS Bulletin and on the IAVS website.

3. Young Scientist Oral Presentation Award. Each year IAVS recognizes the young scientist who has made the most outstanding oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Association. Starting with the 2008 competition, the winner is awarded 1000€ to be used to attend one of the subsequent two annual meetings of the Association.

Nomination: The Award Committee will arrange for the chairperson of the session to randomly distribute a fixed set of evaluation forms among the audience during the oral presentation. The winner will be the person with the highest average score.
Award: The winner will receive a certificate and 1000 euro to be used to attend one of the subsequent two annual meetings of the IAVS. The recipient and two runners-up will be mentioned on the website.

4. Young Scientist Poster Award. Each year IAVS recognizes the young scientist who has presented the most outstanding poster at the annual meeting of the Association. Starting with the 2008 competition, the winner is awarded 1000€ to be used to attend one of the subsequent two annual meetings of the Association.

Nomination: The Award Committee will arrange for a fixed set of evaluation forms to be randomly distributed among the audience during the symposium. The winner will be the person with the highest average score.
Award: The winner will receive a certificate and 1000 euro to be used to attend one of the subsequent two annual meetings of the IAVS. The recipient and two runners-up will be
mentioned on the website.

5. Editor's Award. In 2001 it was decided to initiate an Editors' Award for outstanding papers. Each year the
Editors-in-Chief of JVS and AVS award one outstanding paper in each journal, or as the Editors-in-Chief put it:
"Occassionally ... we see a paper that is ground-breaking, that introduces a new approach, that debunks an old myth, or that just does everything very well."
They further wrote: "The choice of paper will sometimes be difficult.  We shall hope we do not offend those who wrote excellent papers that did not catch our eye.  The intention is to give one example of the kinds of paper that the Editors especially welcome."

Award: The Editor’s Award consists of a sponsored prize by our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell. The Award winners are published in the journals and can choose books from the publisher up to the value of 100 pounds.

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