Elsevier and Science News Bi-Weekly Launch the "Scopus Young Scientists" Award in China

Award is first of its kind in the region to recognize next generation of scientists and researchers

Beijing, 16 September 2009 – Elsevier’s Science &Technology division China and Science News Bi-Weekly announced today the launch of the “Scopus Young Scientist” award, locally referred to as the Scopus’ Future Star of Science award. The award is designed to promote the cultivation and growth of the next generation of scientists in China. Four individual outstanding young scientists will be awarded a gold medal in the fields of nanosciences, information sciences, environmental sciences and biological sciences. There will also be silver medals for runner-ups and others will be recognized as excellent candidates.

The Scopus Young Scientist Awards are part of Elsevier’s global initiative to promote science at an early age, particularly in the developing countries. The plan is to supplement the system that currently lacks awards for young scientists in China. In China, institution and doctoral dissertation-based nominations still dominate the system.

“We designed the Scopus’ Future Star of Science award to compensate and overcome current shortcomings,” said Jia Hepeng, Editor-in-Chief of Science News Bi-Weekly, which is affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “The award avoids evaluating researchers based on quantity of papers. Instead, it combines citation factors of their papers and appraisal by leading scientists.”

The Scopus' Future Star of Science award will honor scientists under the age of 40, by first evaluating their papers for innovative research, as indexed in Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and index database. The short-listed candidates will then be submitted to a selection committee consisting of leading scientists such as Shi Yigong of Tsinghua University, Gao Fu, Wan Lijun and Chen Tongbin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Qian Depei of Beihang University. Stephane Grumbach (Guo Qingxi), the French director of Sino-French Laboratory for Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics (LIAMA), is also on the committee.

“Young scientists need support and recognition at an early stage of their research careers,” commented Gaopeng Sun, Regional Director, of Elsevier S&T China. “By identifying and supporting young scientists, we are supporting China’s future in science and technology.”

This is the second collaboration between the Science News Bi-Weekly and Elsevier S&T China. The two parties successfully held an “Evaluating Academic Talent Flow Summit” in June 2009.

Registration for the award has already started and will end on 20 October. The procedure and evaluation details of the Scopus’ Future Star of Science are available at http://star.science-weekly.cn.

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