GBIF Young Researchers Award 2021 – nominations open!

The call for nominations for the 2021 GBIF Young Researchers Award is now open.  

This annual programme aims to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose Masters’ and Doctoral Studies rely on GBIF mediated data. Two €5000 prizes will be awarded preferentially to one master’s and one PhD candidate. 


Candidates must be enrolled in a university graduate programme to be eligible for the award. They must be either:

a) citizens of a country participating in GBIF, or

b) students at an institution located in a GBIF participant country.

Nominations can come from either the candidate’s country of citizenship or the country of the candidate’s host institution. 


Please submit your nominations to Mark Martin ( with ‘GBIF Young Researcher’ in the subject line by Sunday 30 May 2021, following the instructions on the GBIF young researchers award website.

Two nominations will be selected for submission to GBIF by the UK GBIF Delegation (currently representatives of DEFRA, NERC, the Natural History Museum London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Joint Nature Conservancy Committee and the National Biodiversity Network Trust in time for the GBIF submission deadline. 

Please contact Alan Paton( for further information if required. 


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