Andrew Tein
Andrew Tein
Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Wiley

machu pichu.jpgMany of our most pressing global challenges can only be solved through international collaboration. Threats to food security are not confined by borders and demand attention from experts around the world. Climate change effects are felt across every continent and cannot be mitigated by a single nation. Sustainable ocean development requires international partnership to ensure food security and protect this critical environmental resource. As a publisher of leading researchers in every discipline, Wiley has seen firsthand how scientists collaborating across borders are achieving the scientific breakthroughs that will solve these challenges. What better way to encourage such research by honoring those scientists with an international award and prize?

In this spirit, Wiley helped to launch and co-sponsor the ASPIRE Prize (the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education) in 2011. ASPIRE is an official initiative of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the leading forum in the Asia Pacific that facilitates cooperation among the 21 governments (Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Republic of Korea; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; and Viet Nam). You may know it from the iconic group photo where leaders from all 21 APEC member economies line up in the host member’s national attire. APEC serves as the premier platform to promote economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment as well as science and innovation across the 21 governments.

Each year, the APEC member economies nominate young scientists for ASPIRE consideration who have published groundbreaking research in the theme of the year and, most importantly, demonstrate a commitment to cross-border cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies. Since 2011, the Prize has been awarded to young scientists from Australia, Hong Kong, the United States, and Korea. The Prize is now entering its sixth year, and the theme for 2016 is “Technologies for Food Security.” Wiley President and CEO of Wiley Mark Allin noted earlier this year, “The ASPIRE Prize honors those who work across the APEC region to help solve the grand challenges of our time, and food security is one of the most urgent and multi-faceted problems the world is confronting today.”

In order to recognize more young scientists and celebrate their work in this field, the U.S. State Department, with co-sponsorship from both Wiley and Elsevier, is hosting a U.S. ASPIRE Competition to identify leading young scientists working in the fields of food security, agricultural and environmental studies, sustainable development, agri-business management, nutrition, satellite imagery to monitor foods, aquaculture, water management, humanitarian aid, food distribution networks, adaptations to climate change, and other relevant disciplines to the theme.

If you are under 40, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident have conducted multi-disciplinary research in food security, and have partnered with international scientists, this is an opportunity for you. Six finalists will be selected and invited to an award ceremony to Washington, D.C. with the White House and State Department scientific community. The winner will receive $3,000, go on to be the U.S. nominee for this year’s APEC-wide ASPIRE Prize and be eligible to win a trip to Peru to share his or her research with 21 other governments and a grand prize of US $25,000.

Interested? The U.S. ASPIRE Competition closes its application on May 10. For more information on the application process, visit the US ASPIRE website.

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