Paleonet: Edward Forbes Prize - The Palaeontographical Society

Anthony Butcher anthony.butcher at
Tue Dec 19 10:30:11 UTC 2017

Dear all,

The Palaeontographical Society <> is
seeking applications for the Edward Forbes Prize - please see details below.

With best regards,

Dr Tony Butcher.

1. The *Edward Forbes Prize*

The Palaeontographical Society invites applications for the Edward Forbes
Prize*, which aims to recognise outstanding contributions by early career
researchers in the field of taxonomic and systematic palaeontology
(encompassing invertebrates, vertebrates, palaeobotany and microfossils).
The Prize, which is to be awarded for publication excellence, comprises
£250 and a one-year membership of the Society. The Prize will be awarded at
the Society’s Annual General Meeting each year.

*Criteria for eligibility:*

1. Papers should deal with the taxonomy and/or systematics of a group of
fossil organisms from the British Isles and must appear in a peer-reviewed
publication, such as a journal, monograph series or book chapter. In some
cases, applicants may need to provide evidence that an article was
peer-reviewed (in the case of some book chapters, for example). Papers
whose primary focus is on a related subject area (e.g., palaeoceanography,
palaeoclimatology, geochemistry) will not be considered.

2. Papers should either be the sole work of the applicant or the applicant
should be the lead author on the publication. Where there is more than one
author, the applicant must produce letters from the other co-authors
stating that the lead author was responsible for leading the work. These
letters should be submitted with the main application.

3. Early career stage researchers are considered to be those currently
engaged in post-graduate research (Master’s or PhD), under the age of 35,
or within 10 years of the completion date of the PhD. Letters of support
are required from the supervisor of the work to confirm the applicant’s
eligibility. Such letters should be submitted with the main application.

4. Submitted papers must be written in English and sent to the Prize
Committee as either a reprint-quality PDF (preferred) or as a hard copy
(four copies required in the latter instance).

We invite submissions for the 2018 award on the basis of any eligible
article that was published in 2017. Applications should be addressed to the
Secretary, Nigel Ainsworth
and must be received by the *closing date of 28th February 2018*. The
decision of the Prize Committee will be announced at the Society’s AGM in
April 2018. The successful applicant will be informed in advance, so that
they may attend the meeting if they wish.

**Edward Forbes (1815–1854) was an early supporter of the
Palaeontographical Society, and palaeontologist to the fledgling Geological
Survey before taking up the Professorship of Natural History at Edinburgh
University. His beautifully illustrated publications in the Memoirs of the
Geological Survey and his Palaeontographical Society monograph were
milestones in the documentation of British fossil invertebrates.*




*Dr Anthony Butcher*
*Course Leader - BSc (Hons)/MGeol Palaeontology*
*Departmental Outreach Coordinator*
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth
Burnaby Building
Burnaby Road
United Kingdom
Tel: (+44) 23 9284 2486
Fax: (+44) 23 9284 2244
anthony.butcher at

*Biostratigraphy - Palynology - Micropalaeontology*

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