Academy of Science institutes science award for Nigerians—official

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Lagos  –   The Nigerian Academy Science (NAS) on Saturday disclosed that it has instituted an for deserving Nigerian scientists who contribute significantly promotion and improvement human condition.

Dr Oladoyin Odubanjo, the Executive Secretary NAS, said this in a statement made available the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The NAS Executive Secretary was quoted as saying that the , called the “Nigerian Academy of Science Gold Medal (NAS Gold Medal)’’ aims recognise scientific efforts of indigenous scientists.

He said the academy believed that such recognition would go a long way in boosting scientific research in the country.

“The NAS Gold Medal prize will be an annual in recognition of personal scientific excellence with the first to be bestowed in January 2017.
“It shall be awarded to the scientist whose work made the most impact in furthering the frontiers of knowledge and contributes significantly to mankind.

“It is considered a honour that the academy (the peak independent scientific institution in Nigeria) would bestow such an award on a Nigerian Scientist in recognition of his/her scientific work.

“The prize consists of a medal, a certificate and a purse; there shall be a presentation of the prize by the of NAS,’’ Odubanjo was quoted as saying.

Odubanjo also announced that the prize, which would be administered by the NAS Science Prize and a Jury, would be in two categories: Physical Sciences and Life Sciences.

For 2016, the call for nominations would be in the life sciences with the award ceremony in January 2017.

According to him, the award is open to all scientists with Nigerian nationality except Fellows of the Academy who are eligible for nomination but can nominate scientists for consideration for the award.
“To qualify for the award, candidates have demonstrated scientific excellence published works, patents and innovations or intellectual property of outstanding .

“The candidate be nominated by two persons, of which one be a specialist in the candidate’s field.’’

Odubanjo said that the NAS Gold Medal may be awarded to a single individual or as a joint prize for collaborations in the same or fields of science.

He said candidates for the award have made outstanding contributions to science that were widely accepted, ground breaking, original and had led to the promotion and improvement of human condition.

The executive secretary also listed the key criteria for the prize to include: “impact of the result of scientific research and significance of the research result’s broad outreach to knowledge generation in the community.’’

Others are the advancement of solutions to specific problems and challenges relevant to the community and mankind and of the research as published in recognised peer-reviewed journals.

Another condition is recognition from involved in active research in the broad field of consideration, (physical sciences or life sciences) with documented contributions including patents. (NAN)