SCAR XXXII IP14: The Martha T Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica
Title: Martha T Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica
Authors: D. Eerkes-Medrano, R. Badhe
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Introduction/ Background: The Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica is a prestigious US$100,000 unrestricted award presented to an early or mid stage career researcher in the fields of Antarctic science or policy. The award recognizes and honors individuals with the potential for sustained and significant contribution that enhance understanding and/or the preservation of Antarctica. The Prize is a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. It is administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and awarded by the Tinker Foundation. The Selection Committee for the Prize consists of six members of the Antarctic Community representing as highly respected and diverse backgrounds (geopolitically, by discipline and by gender) as possible.
Important Issues or Factors: Established in 2009, the Muse Prize has gained global recognition within the Antarctic and general science community. Prize recipients have had international representation with winners from South Africa (2009), the USA (2010), Portugal (2011), and Australia (2012).
Recommendations/Actions and Justification: The Tinker Foundation has provided 5 years of funds for the Martha T. Muse Prize. Other activities being discussed with Tinker are the possibility of organizing a colloquium for the fifth year of the Prize.
Expected Benefits/Outcomes: The contribution of the Muse Prize towards honouring early and mid career leaders in Antarctic science and policy is in line with SCAR’s aims. The SCAR mission is to “be the leading non-governmental, international facilitator and advocate of research in and from the Antarctic region, to provide objective and authoritative scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty and others, and to bring emerging issues to the attention of policy makers”. The Muse Prize allows SCAR to contribute towards its mission by meeting strategic plan aims to: i) encourage excellence in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research, II) developing the capacity of early career scientists, and III) identify evolving issues and emerging frontiers in Antarctic science.
Partners: Tinker Foundation
Budget Implications: The Muse Prize contributes to the salaries of EO and AA, a total contribution of USD 13,102 for 2012