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Published 18 October 2023

More time to apply for the Frontiers Planet Prize

Royal Society Te Apārangi has partnered with the Frontiers Research Foundation, based in Switzerland, as part of an international effort to accelerate scientific solutions to planetary challenges.

In 2022, the Foundation established the Frontiers Planet Prize, with the aim to mobilise scientists to address the ongoing global environmental crisis.

Scientists around the world can submit research which could stop humans from exceeding the critical boundaries which define the health of our planet.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, the Society’s Academy of Fellows will select up to three scientists who are nominated by their research institutions for a recent research project with the potential to be scaled up to reduce or reverse the current imbalances in human interactions with planetary systems such as climate, fresh water, and oceans.

Royal Society Te Apārangi Chief Executive Paul Atkins says the Society would like to see plenty of applications and is extending the deadline to Wednesday 8 November 2023.

Frontiers Planet Prize international jury member and Royal Society Te Apārangi Fellow Professor Bronwyn Hayward MNZM FRSNZ says the prize is an exciting opportunity to showcase research that could enable humans to live sustainably within the boundaries of the Earth’s ecosystem.

“Its aim is to recognise breakthrough thinking about ways to address pressure on nine planetary boundaries, from supporting biosphere integrity and freshwater to limiting dangerous climate and land-system changes.

“The prize is looking for scalable, robust science solutions.  Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific have many lessons and insights and I warmly encourage scholars from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to apply.”

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi