JAMAICA, Kingston (10 June 2017) – –  In a bid to encourage the dissemination of marine scientific research through one of its Voluntary Commitments, the ISA is promoting its Secretary-General Award for Deep Sea Research Excellence. 

This initiative is one of seven Voluntary Commitments that the ISA has announced at the opening of the UN Ocean Conference, and is designed to support and actively promote the work of promising young experts from developing countries. 

The Award will be presented annually to young researchers, under the age of 35, from developing countries in recognition of their contribution to advance scientific knowledge of the deep sea environment and the development of sound regulatory frameworks. 

The specifications and eligibility criteria will be confirmed by December 2017, with the first Award presented by July 2018. 

Awards will be based on the recommendations of an advisory committee established for this specific purpose.