The Merian Awards were established in 2001 to support early-career scientists by acknowledging outstanding contributions (talks and posters) delivered on the occasion of our annual meetings.
The award is dedicated to Maria Sibylla Merian (* 1647, Frankfurt/M. - † 1717, Amsterdam) to commemorate her unique work as an outstanding artist and as first female naturalist who actually travelled to the tropics in order to study their fascinating diversity. She was the first scientist who recognized, and documented the process of metamorphosis in insects. The resulting work, which she later published under the title: Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, can easily be considered a fundamental milestone in entomology. The precision of her observations, her curiosity, her dedication and outstanding quality as a free thinker willing to shatter long-held believes despite the societal atmosphere predominating in her time, make her an ideal role-model for generations of young and aspiring tropical ecologists that follow in her footsteps.
The society grants a total of six Merian Awards annually. Three awards are reserved for the best oral presentations and three for the best posters. Prize money is granted according to the following ranking: 1. = 300€; 2. = 200€; 3. = 100€. Awardees for the best contributions are additionally freed from paying registrations fees for the following annual conference.
The winners are awarded during the conference closing ceremony.
Who is eligible and how to apply?
Eligible candidates are students and early career scientists (receiving their Ph.D. no more than three years before the meeting date). Nominees must be members of the gtö. So do not forget to secure your membership before enrolling for the award contest.
Past and present awardees