CIEH Presidential awards: recognising environmental health research excellence

CIEH’s President is calling on Members to submit examples of research excellence with the opportunity of winning a cash prize and a prestigious award for their efforts.  

Danny Baker and Tim Everett  

Last year's Junior Researcher of the Year Danny Baker with President Tim Everett 

Upon being appointed as CIEH President, Tim Everett made research and its publication a key theme of his presidency. To help realise this, President Everett established the ‘Researcher of the Year’ Awards, which he is personally funding.

Now in its second year, the President is looking for members to submit entries for ‘Researcher of the Year’ and ‘Junior Researcher of the Year’ with the awards being presented at a gala dinner at the 2016 Annual Conference in September.

Applications for ‘Researcher of the Year’ are being invited from Voting Members who have had their papers, articles or reviews published in any form of edited journal or periodical between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2016. 

Research should be academically sound, relevant to Environmental Health and improves or can improve professional  practice.

A prize of £600 and a prestigious trophy will be awarded to the researcher(s) who submits the best application and applicants are required to send in along with their paper, article or review a short commentary and/or a ‘testimonial’ from a third party as to its relevance and present/future impact.

There is also an opportunity to win £400 and a trophy for ‘Junior Researcher of the Year’. For this category applications are being invited from ‘first-time researchers’, authors of papers, articles and reviews holding any status of CIEH membership who have not yet seen their specific piece of work they are putting forward published but consider it to be worthy of being shared with the public.

Applicants are again being invited to provide commentary stating how they see their research informing the discipline and practice. The winner will be selected on scholarship and its potential to improve the understanding of an Environmental Health problem and/or impact upon its practice. 

And those submitting entries are asked to present their research in a format suitable for JEHR as it is intended that all will be considered for publication in JEHR. 

President Tim Everett said: “Collectively we have been less productive compared to other professions when it comes to producing research and I established these awards to reverse this very situation.

“I would like to encourage as many members as possible to write-up and submit their research not only to win a prestigious award but your work will go a long way in helping underpin environmental health and all of our professional judgement.”

Entries to be emailed to Chris Day by 12pm on Thursday 30 June 2016.

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