ProSPER.Net/Scopus Young Scientist Award to be Presented March 2009

Encouraging Sustainable Development in Asia/Pacific Region

Tokyo, 30 July 2008 – Scopus®, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, today announced that Scopus will launch an award with ProSPER.Net to encourage young researchers and academics in the Asia/Pacific region. The ProSPER.Net/Scopus Young Scientist Award will be given annually to recognize an outstanding young scientist who has made a significant contribution to the area of Sustainable Development.

The award will be given at the ProSPER.Net International Symposium in March 2009 with a specific Business focus. Applications will be evaluated by an international panel of three recognized experts in the discipline. Scopus citation data and the Scopus h-index will be used to provide an objective and transparent measurement of applicants’ research performance which will help determine their influence in the discipline.

“The establishment of this award provides an important contribution to the sustainable development of Asia/Pacific by recognizing and promoting the careers of young academics who have the potential to lead progress in this area and inspire others through their example,” noted Professor Peter Haddawy, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and Chairman of the Board of ProSPER.Net, “It is also an excellent model of how industry and academia can join hands and work together for the benefit of society.”

Inn Beng Lee, Head of Customer Marketing, Asia Pacific, Elsevier remarked, “We have established this capstone award to emphasize the importance of sustainability, and to inspire more scholars to be actively engaged in this arena, which in turn will stimulate the scientific research progress for Sustainable Development across the Asia Pacific region.”

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About ProSPER.Net
The Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net) is an alliance of several leading higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region that have committed to work together to integrate principles of Sustainable Development (SD) into postgraduate courses and curricula as well as to conduct research on sustainability issues. Member institutions are having strong education and research programs as well as aspiring innovators in SD and related fields. ProSPER.Net is under the auspices of the United Nations University – Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). For more information about ProSPER.Net please visit

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus is designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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