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Nominations are now open for the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research. 

Launched at the ISA Assembly in July 2018, the Award recognizes and encourages the achievements of young researchers from developing countries who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge of the deep-sea environment, or to the development of environmentally sustainable regulatory frameworks.

Announcing the call for nominations today, ISA Secretary-General Mr. Michael Lodge underlined that promoting marine scientific research in the deep seabed area is a core part of ISA’s mandate. 

“The benefits to mankind of deep seabed exploration extend far beyond simply knowledge of the mineral resources, they also include better bathymetric data and scientific knowledge of the marine environment that will be critical to realizing all aspects of the Blue Economy,” said Mr. Lodge.

“We are proud to offer this initiative for young researchers from developing countries, and we look forward to supporting their outstanding and important contributions to marine scientific research in the deep sea,” he added.

The Secretary-General’s Award is one of the seven Voluntary Commitments made by ISA at the UN Ocean Conference in 2017 to advance implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources (#OceanAction15796).

Nominations are open to candidates under the age of 35 and the results of the research for which the nomination is submitted should have been published no earlier than one year prior. The deadline for submission is 26 April 2019.

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