Are you a young female scientist focusing on precision agriculture in the ASEAN region? You may be eligible for the 2018 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women!
As Southeast Asia’s population continues to grow rapidly, so does the demand on the region’s food system and farmers. Experts believe that by 2050, an estimated 40 percent more food will be needed to feed the region. These pressures are amplified by other challenges to ASEAN’s food security such as resource scarcity and extreme weather phenomena. Farmers are in need of new tools and technologies to create improved, efficient, low-cost and sustainable agricultural practices.
Up to ten semi-finalists, one from each ASEAN member-state, will be identified and promoted. The top two finalists will be invited to compete in a head-to-head pitch competition during an ASEAN Ministerial event in the Philippines this October 2018. The pitch competition will determine the overall winner of the prize, who will receive $20,000, and an honorable mention, who will receive $5,000.
Qualified candidates can apply between April 5 and May 13, 2018. Applicants should demonstrate an excellence in science with an emphasis on precision agriculture; dedication to strengthening regional and national science capacities, networks, and collaborations; and experience and willingness to mentor, inspire, and support other women in STEM. Please see the Official Rules guide for complete information.