YSA-logo1Introducing the award

The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers based in the Asia-Pacific region, who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development.

For 2013, awards were given in each of these three areas:


Official Award Website: Http://asia.Elsevier.com/ElsevierGalaDinnerYSA2013

We regret to announce, for the category 'ICT for Sustainable Development', no winners were chosen despite numerous nominations and evaluation.
Winners are chosen on the basis of 3 criteria: number of citations, number and quality of publications and patents, and documented social impact. They receive a cash award and are offered a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which provides travel and living expenses to spend up to eighteen months collaborating with any research group of the recipient's choosing in Germany.

19 August 2013, 9:00-16:00
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Singapore
Finalists were invited to present their work in the symposium and were judged by a panel of three experts in each of the respective areas. It is an opportunity for researchers to disseminate their work to a broad audience and to demonstrate how academic work has been applied to improve livelihoods, promote an efficient way of using natural resources or create innovative approaches to unsustainable practices.

Panelists were also engage in a lively discussion about recent developments in each of the areas, building upon their own experience and research to share about the current state of the art in their respective fields. The expectation is that major trends in science and its relation to sustainability issues will be identified through an engaging discussion among experts and audience.

Here is a little glimpse of what happened at the symposium at NTU.

Winners of the ProSPER.Net - Scopus Young Scientist Award 2012 are chosen on the basis of 3 criteria: number of citations, number and quality of publications and patents, and documented social impact.
Winners walks away with US$1000 Cash Prize and a Fellowship with Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation which provides travel and living expenses to spend up to eighteen months collaborating with any research group of the recipient's choosing in Germany.
1st Runner-up goes home with an Apple iPad Mini sponsored by Elsevier
2nd Runner-up also leaves with a Logitech Boombox Portable Speaker sponsored by Elsevier


2013 Award Winners:

Water Category:


Dr. Shi Lei
Singapore Membrance Technology Center (SMTC), Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NTU-NEWRI), Singapore

Dr. Shi Lei received his Bachelor degree from Dalian University of Technology, China in 2004 and PhD degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2013. Prior to joining SMTC, he was fully sponsored as international exchange PhD student between CAS and NTU. He specializes in novel hollow fiber membrane development for gas separation and liquid purification.

Transport Category:


Dr. Liangfei Xu
State Key Lab of Automotive Safety and Energy, Department of Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Dr. Liangfei Xu is an assistant professor in Tsinghua University. He attained his bachelor and Ph.D degrees in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Between 2003 and 2005, he studied in RWTH-Aachen Germany as an exchange student for a master degree. His research focus on the dynamic model and control of fuel cell systems, fuel cell / battery / ultra-capacitor power-trains, and automotive network and software technologies. He was the key developer of the powertrain control algorithms for the PEM fuel cell city buses, which have been demonstrated in the Beijing Olympics of 2008, Shanghai Expo of 2009 and Singapore Youth Olympic Games of 2010. Currently, Dr Liangfei Xu is still working on the optimal design and adaptive control of the PEM fuel cell powertrain systems, so as to prolong its longevity and accelerate its commercialization in China.

2012 Award Winners:bottom_line

Dr. Tanapon Phenrat

Winner of Sustainable Infrastructure award category:

Dr. Tanapon Phenrat, Naresuan University, Thailand
Research area: Groundwater and soil remediation

"It is in fact recognition of the scientific and social impacts of our research attempt to the sustainability area of practice. I could not thank the world renowned organizations like ProSPER.Net, the United Nation University, and Elsevier enough for organizing this great program. Sponsored and publicized by the Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific journals and books, this award shines spotlight on our research initiative and can lead us to the expansion of our research initiative (i.e. more research partners) and to obtain further research supports to achieve our goals."

The full story of Dr. Tanapon's award, with video and pictures here!

Dr. Jun Yang

Winner of Sustainable Consumption and Production award category:

Dr. Jun Yang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Research area: Sweet potato genetic transformation for environment-friendly production

"The ProSPER.Net – Scopus Young Scientist Award is a great encouragement for the young researchers to get better results, to make advanced progress, to pay more attention to sustainable development. I was very glad and honored to win this award as it would be a huge positive impact on my future research career. As a publiser, Elsevier is commendable as they have shown their social responsibility and concerns on the conflict between society development and environment protection. I admire them for upholding these qualities."

The full story of Dr. Yang's award, with video and pictures here!

Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata

Winner of Health with a focus on Poverty Eradication award category:

Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Research area: Poverty-related diseases, especially TB, malaria and dengue

"I am really thrilled to receive the Scopus Young Scientist Award. The award celebrates the importance of rigorous science for addressing real-world problems. It's a validation that our research work has contributed significantly to sustainable development. I am especially thrilled to be honoured by Elsevier, the United Nations University and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation."

The full story of Dr. Yodi's award, with video and pictures here!

Picture Gallery

Photo Gallery - 2013 Award Symposium @ NTU-NEWRI
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derrickrantel's YSA2013 album on Photobucket

Photo Gallery - Award Ceremony @ Elsevier Gala Dinner 2013
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derrickrantel's YSA2013 album on Photobucket

Application Process

We are sorry to announce that the application process has been closed for 2013.
Please do keep an eye out for next year's award opening.

For 2013 award application processes can be reviewed here for your reference

Eligibility and Application Process

The award is open to those engaged in graduate education and research activities that emphasize sustainable development in any of the above three areas. Candidates are expected to be employed at institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), and should have completed their PhD. degree between 1 June 2008 and 1 June 2013.

Candidates may be put forth by nomination or direct application. Nominations and applications must be supported by two letters of recommendation. Please observe that researchers working at, or affilated with UNU-IAS and UNU-IIST are not eligible to apply.

Evaluation Process

All qualified applications will be evaluated by an international panel of three recognized experts in Sustainable Development in each of the three areas.

  • Number of citations and h-index
  • Number and quality of publications
  • Documented External Impact


Nominations and applications are open starting 1 April 2013 and will close at midnight GMT on 30 June 2013. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

As part of the judging process, the top three finalists in each category will be sponsored to present their work in a public symposium that is to be held on 19 August 2013 in Singapore hosted by Nanyang Technological University at the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NTU-NEWRI).

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony after the symposium on the same day.

Cash Prize and Fellowship in Germany

Winners will receive a cash award of USD$1000 from ProSPER.Net-Scopus.
A fellowship will also be offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. These prestigious fellowships provide travel, supplies and living expenses for the winners to spend between six and eighteen months collaborating with any research group of the recipient's choosing in Germany. Names and affiliations of winners will be widely publicized.


For more information on this award, visit the FAQs section 
Or contact the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Award Secretariat at: ysa@ias.unu.edu 
Elsevier, Mr Sumeet Rohatgi su.rohatgi@elsevier.com