Jacques Kets Award for Zoology

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Are you a graduating Master student with an innovative thesis in Zoology? Are you eager to pursue an academic career? The Jacques Kets Award for Zoology wants to give you a head start in boosting your academic skills and building your professional network.

Award prizes include a travel grant, a presentation workshop and attendance as an invited speaker at the ZOOLOGY 2018 conference. Deadline for application is Friday 28 September 2018.

Who can participate?

Each Masters student in biology, molecular biology, bioscience-engineering or related scientific disciplines who wrote a Master’s thesis at a Belgian university or research institute during the academic year 2017-2018 (or 2016-2017), and received a grade of - at least - 14/20 for their thesis.

The only requirement is that the subject of the thesis is in a zoological discipline in the broadest sense; this includes fundamental and applied studies in biodiversity conservation, ecology, population & conservation genetics, behavioural ecology & ethology, animal physiology, endocrinology, evolutionary biology, comparative anatomy & morphology, taxonomy & phylogeny, neurobiology or related disciplines.

Participation requires candidates to be able to join us at the Award Finals in Brussels on Saturday 17 November 2018.

How do you participate?

The deadline for submission has expired. Keep an eye on our website if you wish to participate next year.

The abstracts sent to us will be evaluated by an expert jury comprising professors representing the Belgian universities and will pass two selections:

  1. First, the scientific jury will select the five best abstracts from the submitted contributions.
  2. Second, the five shortlisted candidates will be invited to give an oral presentation of their work (in English) during the Kets Award Finals at the Master Day on 17 November when there will be a Jury Award and a Public Award.

Prior to the Kets Award Finals, the five shortlisted candidates will be offered a workshop by The Floor is Yours on how to present your research in a clear and convincing way. This workshop is planned in the week of 22-26 of October in the offices at Zoo Antwerp. The exact date will be communicated later.

This year’s master day will take place on Saturday 17 November 2018 at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences in Brussels which is located at Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels.

Award prizes

The Jury Award will be provided by the Antwerp ZOO Centre for Research and Conservation ,who will give the winner a conference travel grant worth € 1,000.

The Public Prize will be provided by the Royal Belgian Zoological Society, who will give the winner the opportunity (registration, travel and accommodation included) to present his/her work as an invited speaker for an international audience of zoologists at the ZOOLOGY 2018 conference (formerly Benelux Congress of Zoology). This year’s conference will be organized by the Royal Belgian Zoological Society, the Royal Dutch Zoological Society and Odyssea Luxembourg on 14 and 15 December and will be hosted by the University of Luxembourg at Campus Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg.

Online registration

The submission deadline for this year's edition has expired.