The Ecological Society of Japan


1. Awarding Organization

 The Ecological Society of Japan

2. Description of the Prize

  1. Research area
    Aquatic environments and/or related area in the field of ecology and related sciences
  2. Eligible Nominees and Qualifications
  1. A nominee should be an individual who has made outstanding research achievements. In the case of a collaborative research, a nominee must be one who has played a major part in it.
  2. A nominee must be a resident in East and Southeast Asia, including eastern part of Russia and western Pacific region, but excluding Australia and New Zealand, with high appreciation of his/her academic activities in these areas.
  3. A nominee should be under 50 years old as of April 1st, 2018, because one of the objectives of the Award is to support researchers with promising future as a central figure in the field of ecology.
  4. A nominee who has other award records can apply.

(3) Award

  1. The prize will go to one or two awardee(s).
  2. Each awardee will be given a certificate of merit by the Government of Shiga Prefecture and the Ecological Society of Japan.

3. Application

  1. Duration  August 1st, 2018 – October 15th, 2018
  2. Procedure
  1. Application must be made using a designated “Nomination Form for 2018 Biwako Prize for Ecology” with supporting documents indicated in (3). The Form must be completed in English or Japanese. Self-nomination is acceptable.
  2. Application must be done by mail and reached by October 15th, 2018.
  3. Application is valid only for the year mentioned above.
  4. Reapplying is accepted for those who applied in the past and were not awarded.

(3) Documents and materials to be submitted →Download word

  1. Nomination form for 2018 Biwako Prize for Ecology
  2. Major achievements A (Form A)
  3. Major achievements B (Form B; Papers and publications written in English or Japanese)
  4. Copies of documents and materials given in Form B (ibid)
  5. List of publications (all achievements including ones mentioned in form B)

(4) Contact Address
  All documents should be sent to:
Biwako Prize for Ecology c/o The Ecological Society of Japan
1-8 Nishihanaikecho, Koyama, Kitaku, Kyoto 603-8148, JAPAN
Tel. & Fax: +81-75-384-0250
E-mail: biwakoprize [at]

(5) Number of copies to be submitted
A copy for each material described in (a) to (e).

(6) Language
All materials, including papers and writings, should be submitted either in English or Japanese.

(7) Others
Documents and materials are not returnable.

4. Selection of awardees

The Selection Committee will screen the nominees and the Steering Committee will decide awardees in May 2019.

5. Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will screen the nominees based on the following two criteria.

  1. Those who have made “outstanding research achievements” in the relevant area conducted approximately in the last five years, which meets one of the following;
  1. Research achievements that will contribute greatly to the advancement of ecology, such as unique and original researches, development of new techniques and technologies, and important discoveries.
  2. Research achievements that have great potential to solve important emerging issues, in particular, environmental problems.
  3. Research achievements as significant as (a) or (b).

(2) Further achievements are expected through continuing researches in the future.

6. Awarding ceremony

Awarding ceremony will be held on July, 2019 in Shiga Prefecture. Awardees will be requested to participate in the ceremony and give a commemorative lecture for public in the related event.