Better communicating & sharing the science of climate change, its impacts & potential solutions to a wider audience is critical in todays political environment. As part of this wider objective, the inaugural Peer Prize for Climate aims to be a catalyst to drive global outreach & knowledge exchange, while celebrating the latest climate science & solutions.
In partnership with the UNSW Sydney Grand Challenge on Climate Change & the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Thinkable is excited to launch the inaugural 'Peer Prize' for climate. We call on all climate scientists, policy experts & technologists to showcase their latest research & solutions to allow the world to advance their understanding of this critical multi-generational challenge.
Any student or researcher is eligible to apply from across the world, as long as they have published a paper in the broad field of climate change between July 1st, 2016 - June 30, 2017 (either in print or electronic publication/pre-print ahead of print). Those whose publication was accepted during this period but published recently (ie between June 30 until submission close date) are also eligible. However they cannot resubmit their entry for next years prize.
Research that covers the broad categories associated with Working Groups I, II & III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are eligible to apply. They include the physical climate science (atmosphere, ocean, land, ice), climate impacts, policy, adaptation, vulnerability (environmental, human, natural, economics) & climate mitigation (energy, agriculture, transport, efficiency etc).
You can apply as an individual or a team - subsequent to meeting other eligibility requirements.
How to Apply?
Simply share a wider summary about your research paper/implications and add a link and/or DOI link so anyone can access your paper to learn more. You have the option to upload a summary video about the research, which has been shown to engage a much wider audience with your work. If you would like to create a video, check out our guide for hints or watch the hundreds of other research videos in other Thinkable competitions.
Prize Pool & Categories
Main Prizes: There a two main categories (Climate Science Prize & Climate Impact Prize), each worth $4,000. You cannot apply to both categories. Those climate researchers related to IPCC Working Group I should apply to the 'Climate Science' Prize Category. Those researchers better suited in IPCC Working Groups II or Working Group III (ie impact and mitigation) should apply to the 'Climate Impact' Prize Category.
Student Prize: There is also a student prize ($2000). Students can apply if they have authored a first-author paper relating to climate science, impacts & mitigation (ie IPCC WK I,II or III) within the eligible time-frame.
Entry Fee: AUD$25 (~US$20)
How will the prize be judged?
Once submissions close, the voting stage will open for 2 weeks, with verified researchers able to vote for their top entries. To become a verified researcher with Thinkable, you are required to provide your current organisation email for proof of identity, a link to a relevant, peer-reviewed publication from the last five years that you have authored or co-authored, and at least one field of expertise.
The entries that receive most registered peer votes win the prizes. Please register as a researcher to take part in the voting process. Meanwhile all entries are open for the public to learn, engage & discuss the latest climate research directly with the climate researchers.
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Climate Science Prize
Awarded to climate researchers as voted by peers
Climate Impact Prize
Awarded to a researcher in climate impact/solutions/technology by open peer voting