15 August 2007 -The UNEP/CMS Thesis Award on
Migratory Species Conservation, sponsored by National
Geographic Deutschland and Lufthansa,
is now open for applications until April 2008. The award
of 10,000 EURO will be offered at the 9th Meeting of the
Conference of Parties to CMS (COP9) in Rome in December
2008, in affiliation with Museum
Koenig and the Global
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 and ecology 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 COP8 (November 2005)
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 thesis.
Click here to visit the official CMS
Thesis Award on Migratory Species Conservation Website
Click 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