Prees release: APEC Media
APEC, the world's leading economic growth engine and most
natural disaster prone region, is on the lookout for a young
scientist whose collaborative research in the Asia-Pacific stands
to revolutionize efforts to protect lives, livelihoods and the
future of the global economy against the increasing threat posed by
Nominations are now open for the 2015 APEC Science Prize for
Innovation, Research and Education whose theme, Disaster Risk
Reduction: Understanding the Role of Climate Change and
Variability, spotlights the cross-border development of next
generation technologies vital to helping economies adapt to
changing natural conditions, strengthen environmental protection
and build more resilient, sustainable communities.
The theme of this year's award, known as the ASIPRE Prize, was
selected by APEC Chair for 2015, the Philippines. It is an
extension of deepening partnership between the 21 APEC member economiesto tackle
climate change and related challenges, which are among
the policy prioritiesbeing taken forward
by Senior Officials and technical
experts meeting through this week in Clark and Subic.
"We recognize the new and escalating challenges posed by climate
change to Asia-Pacific economies and the region's three billion
people," exclaimed Mario Montejo, Secretary of Science and
Technology in the Philippines. "Rising sea levels and the
increasing ferocity of typhoons tearing through the region are the
compelling and urgent reasons for game-changing solutions."
Collectively, the 21 APEC member economies account for 40 per
cent of the world's population, half of global trade, 60 per cent
of total GDP and most of global growth today. They are also hit by
more than 70 per cent of all natural disasters. In December, a key
APEC planning meeting was abruptly moved from Legazpi, Albay to
Manila due to concerns over Typhoon Hagupit which traveled the same
path as devastating Typhoon Haiyan just one year before.
"Climate change is at the top of the Asia-Pacific agenda and
prompting a new era of cooperation to combat this rapidly unfolding
threat to humanity," explained Chen Linhao, Chair of
the APEC Policy Partnership for Science, Technology,
and Innovation, which administers the annual ASPIRE
Prize. "Cross-border research has the power to inform how economies
can adapt to, and mitigate, the effects of climate change and must
be fully tapped."
"APEC economies alone suffered around USD70 billion in costs
related to natural disasters annually over the last decade and the
rapidly warming planet continues to magnify associated risks,"
noted Dr Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC
Secretariat. "We are seeing important signs of
progress in areas like emissions
reduction and emergency preparedness. The
introduction of new innovations is crucial to building on this
momentum and strengthening capacity right across the world's most
populous region to save lives and secure growth."
Entering its fifth year, the ASPIRE Prize recognizes the
interaction between the APEC region's researchers, universities,
research centers and the business community to foster cutting-edge
ideas and technologies that result in more robust, integrated and
sustainable economic activity.
Each APEC economy may nominate one individual for the ASPIRE
Prize. Nominees must be from the region and under 40 years of age.
The impact of their work will be screened against scholarly
publications and must involve cooperation with peers from other
APEC economies. Relevant academic disciplines in 2015 include
sustainable development, environmental studies, ecology, disaster
management, urban planning and engineering, among others.
The ASPIRE Prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Cebu in August
2015. Wiley and Elsevier, publishers of scholarly scientific
knowledge, are sponsors of this year's Prize. The winner will
receive USD 25,000 in prize money.
"Support for early career researchers in the Asia-Pacific will
open up new avenues for tackling environmental challenges in the
region," said Stephen M. Smith, Wiley's President and CEO.
"Young scientists in the region are at the forefront of efforts
to address an issue that knows no borders," concluded YoungSuk
"Y.S." Chi, Chairman of Elsevier. "Recognition of their work can
help to encourage further breakthroughs that will be critical to
ensuring the sustainability of human progress and prosperity
For more information please visit: http://www.apec.org/aspire.