UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation has
been launched by the Secretariat of the Bonn Convention on
Migratory Species, on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary
in 2004, and is sponsored by National
Geographic Deutschland and Lufthansa.
The award of 10,000 EURO will be offered every three years
at the Conference of Parties to CMS at alternating locations,
and for the first time at the 8th meeting of the CMS Conference
of the Parties (COP8) in November 2005, in affiliation with
Koenig and the
Register of Migratory Species in Bonn. The Secretariat
of the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species advertises this
award to promote scientific research and conservation of migratory
species, as defined by the convention.
The thesis should provide new data and insights into the
biology of migratory species or external factors disrupting
their migration patterns. Research results must be applicable
to conservation measures to the benefit of migratory species.
Application for COP9 Awards
is now open until 30 April 2008. A licensed
educational institution must have accepted the study as
a Ph.D. or doctoral thesis. All theses accepted since the
last COP7 (September 2002) may be submitted.
From all online applications, 10 theses will be short-listed
by an advisory board of 20 international experts, covering
different regions and animal groups. Referees will not see
any personal data, such as candidates´ address, email,
home institutions or names of supervisors. Their pre-selection
is only based on abstracts and publications (if available).
In addition, candidates should outline the relevance of
their work for migratory species conservation by a short
statement (max. 300 words).
Short-listed candidates have to submit 3 hardcopies for
detailed review by two experts. A final Jury, consisting
of 8 scientists and conservationists will meet in Bonn,
in July 2008, to nominate the winner. Their decision is
based on the expert reviews, the candidate´s statement,
and the Jury´s assessment of the potential for migratory
species conservation (Jury’s decision is final ).
Submitted hardcopies are not returned, but will remain
in the libraries of the CMS secretariat and the Museum Koenig.
Bibliographic data and English abstracts of all theses will
be transferred and permanently stored within the Global
Register of Migratory Species (GROMS) bibliographic
The winner should be willing to make his/her original data
widely accessible through the CMS
Information System and the GROMS
database (except sensitive data). The Secretariat
and the Museum Koenig will eventually provide support to
generate appropriate data repositories and related metadata,
as well as online and/or hardcopy publication of the winner´s
here to visit the official CMS
Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation Website
here to go directly to the Online
*If your Internet connection does not allow Online application,
you can also send your thesis by mail to the Museum Koenig,
with an accompanying letter explaining its relevance for
PD Dr. Klaus Riede
Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und Museum Alexander Koenig