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2019 SER Awards: Call for Nominations

The award nomination period is now closed. Winners will be announced during the upcoming conference in South Africa.

The Society for Ecological Restoration is now inviting nominations for its 2019 SER Awards! These awards honor outstanding contributions to advancing the field of ecological restoration and recognize individuals and organizations for their excellence in restoration science, practice, and public engagement. We are seeking nominations for five awards:

  • John Rieger Award 
  • Theodore M. Sperry Award 
  • Communication Award 
  •  Full Circle Award 
  •  Regional Award

  • Award recipients will be recognized during the SER2019 8th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Cape Town, South Africa from September 24 to 28, 2019. 
    The deadline for submissions has been EXTENDED to May 13, 2019

     

    Nomination criteria:

    John Rieger Award
    Named for the Society’s first President, this award recognizes individuals or groups that have dedicated their time and skills to the development of SER and to advancing the field of restoration through their engagement with the Society.

    Criteria: Nominees must have demonstrated excellence in both of the following areas:
    • Significant contributions to the development of the Society for Ecological Restoration
    • Contributions that have made a significant impact in the theory, practice, or public awareness of restoration.

    Eligibility
    : Any individual or group of individuals.

    Theodore M. Sperry Award
    Named for pioneering American ecologist Theodore Sperry, this award recognizes individuals or organizations who have made a significant and enduring contribution to advancing restoration science and/or practice through the development of new methods, techniques, tools or strategies for restoration, or through innovative approaches to involving the public in restoration efforts.

    Criteria: Nominees must have demonstrated innovation and excellence in one or more of the following categories:
    • Project Conceptualization, such as the development of a new approach to restoration
    • Project Implementation, such as research and development of new methods, techniques or tools for restoration practice
    • Project Evaluation, such as research and development of new indicators or criteria for measuring restoration success
    • Public Involvement, such as the development of effective new ways to integrate volunteers or engage the public in restoration programs
    • Nominations that are consistent with the SER International Standards are highly encouraged
    Eligibility: Any individual or organization is eligible.


    Communication Award
    This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant impact in raising public awareness about ecological restoration, improving the quality of restoration practice, and/or advancing restoration theory through innovative communications strategies, tools, technologies or media.

    Criteria: Nominees must have used one of the following forms of communication:
    • Print: books, published papers, etc.
    • Virtual: social media, e-learning, etc.
    • Visual: video, exhibits, performing arts, etc.
    • Audio: speeches, songs, educational material, etc.
    Qualifications for the Award: Nominees must have made significant contributions in one or more of the following areas:
    • Expand the body of knowledge in restoration
    • Improve the quality of restoration practice
    • Increase the public awareness and interest of ecological restoration
    Eligibility: Any individual or organization.


    Full Circle Award
    This award is given in recognition of restoration projects that emphasize the full and effective participation of local indigenous communities and that reflect a strong balance between indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge and practices in the project’s design and implementation.

    Criteria: Nominated projects must demonstrate exceptional competence and innovation in the following areas:
    • Project goals are defined using the traditional ecological knowledge and traditional practices of local indigenous peoples
    • Project goals are complemented by non-indigenous knowledge and practices
    • Local indigenous peoples have participated meaningfully and fully in the restoration project and will be able to use the restored ecosystem in traditional ways.
    Eligibility: A project of any individual or organization.

    Regional Award
    This award recognizes two outstanding individuals, programs, organizations, or projects from the region and/or continent of the World Conference. For SER2019, nominees must come from countries on the African Continent. One award will be given to a person, project, or program in South Africa, and a second award will be given to a person, project, or program elsewhere on the continent.

    Criteria: Nominated projects must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
    • Projects are based entirely in the region and/or continent
    • Projects impact surrounding community by enhancing the local environment, or training or educating local populations
    • Advances the cause of restoration regionally, nationally, or continentally
    • Nominations for projects or programs that are consistent with the SER International Standards are highly encouraged
    Eligibility: Any individual, program, organization, or project is eligible.

     

    Nominations can be submitted by both members and non-members of the Society, and can likewise recommend any nominee deserving of the honor, regardless of their membership status in SER. Selections will be made by the SER Awards Committee and approved by the SER Board of Directors. 

     

    The nomination period is now closed.

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