Best Young Scientist Awards

Guideline for WESTPAC Best Young Scientist Award 2017
In order to assist young scientist to dedicate themselves to marine science, and observation, the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) decided to award four prizes to the young scientists at the upcoming 10th WESTPAC International Scientific Symposium, two for the best oral presentation and two for the best poster.
The four winners will be awarded the full financial support for their participation to the next WESTPAC International Scientific Symposium in 2020 once their abstracts are accepted, including the most economic roundtrip air ticket, food and local accommodations.
Generic Criteria for Candidates:

Candidate shall meet all criteria below:
• under 35 years old as of 15 January 2017 with his/her abstract has been accepted for this Conference;
• has registered and will be present at the Conference;
• has applied for the financial Travel Support Program or indicated his/her Master or Ph.D students status when registering for this Conference.
For those young scientist under 35 years, who has neither applied for the Young Scientist Travel Support nor indicated his/her student status when registering for the symposium, wishing to join the selection, please send your request directly to the Local Organizing Committee at: and as soon as possible, preferably no later than 22 February 2017.

General Process and Criteria for the Selection:
Each Candidate will be ranked between 0 and 5 (5 being the best mark) based on following generic criteria:
• Quality of abstracts
• Originality, scientific importance
• Methodology
• Quality of slides, oral presentation and answers to the questions, or
• Quality of the poster, its presentation and answers to the questions
For the Selection of Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation:
Session Co-Convenors are supposed to select no more than 1 best young scientist oral presentation, IF ANY, from their respective session and submit it, together with brief justification, to the International Scientific Steering Committee for final selection.

For the Selection of Best Young Scientist Poster:
ISSC will review and select the best young scientist poster in accordance with the poster presentation and display as well as the evaluation form provided.
The final selection will be made by the International Scientific Steering Committee for the Conference with assistance of respective Session Convenors and other invited experts if needed as panel judges.
These awards will be presented by the International Scientific Steering Committee at the Conference.


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