Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."


Final Deadline: 2 January 2020

2020 Recipients

Abiola Ojo

Abiola Ojo

Lead City University, Nigeria

Dr Abiola Ojo holds a PhD degree in health education from the Premier University in Nigeria, University of Ibadan. She is the current head of the Department of Kinesiology, Sports Science and Health Education, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria. She was an academic advisor and online tutor at the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre. She has work experience with NGOs, and she is a consultant to health, education, and community-based organizations. Her areas of research boarder on global sustainable, healthy living, and pedagogies. She is a member of several national and international professional associations.

Amy Schweikert

Amy Schweikert

Colorado School of Mines, USA

Dr. Amy Schweikert is a research assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a fellow in the Payne Institute for Public Policy at The Colorado School of Mines. Her current work focuses on systems analysis and policy aspects of clean energy technologies, notably including a focus on electricity access and equity considerations as well as security considerations including proliferation risks from nuclear power. Prior to joining The School of Mines, she was a consultant with the World Bank, the United Nations, and several other agencies as part of a team that developed the first quantitative modeling approach to understand the impacts of climate change on road infrastructure globally. She holds a master’s and PhD in civil engineering with an emphasis in civil systems from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in international relations from Boston University.

Katarina Dordevic

Katarina Dordevic

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Katarina Dordevic is a recent graduate passionate about environmental and social sustainability. She has an interdisciplinary background in political science and European studies (BA, American University in Bulgaria) and international development (MSc, University of Amsterdam). As a young professional, Katarina has gained experience in different aspects of sustainability carrying out research activities in the non-governmental (Friends of the Earth Bulgaria), academic (Centro-Euro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici - CMCC, Italy) and finance sector (Triodos Investment Management, the Netherlands). Being particularly interested in sustainable food systems, in her latest research project she explored the potential of innovative blockchain technology in food supply chains.

Monirul Islam

Monirul Islam

University of Tsukuba, Doctoral Student, Japan

Md. Monirul Islam completed his MS from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh and is now pursuing his PhD at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT Scholarship). In his professional life he has been working as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He has 20 research articles, some of which are published in reputed journals such as Soil and Tillage Research, Data in Brief, and GeoJournal. His research interests are in the field of Agricultural Economics, Climate Change, GIS & Remote Sensing, Land Use Policy, and Food Security.

Long-Chen (Tommy) Li

Long-Chen (Tommy) Li

Project Leader, Chemists Without Borders, USA

Mr. Long-Chen Li is the co-founder of Sustainable Environment for Earth and a project leader at Chemists Without Borders. He has been involved with the global sustainability community for years now. As a CEO, he believes the future of global climate change lies within the hands of global business leaders. His area of research includes Biochar and other carbon sequestering materials. He has been a pioneer in Biochar promotion and research in the greater China region, including Taiwan (R.O.C), and India.

Omolola Victoria Akinola

Omolola Victoria Akinola

University of Missouri, USA

Omolola V. Akinola is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD (IPhD) program of the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) with geosciences as primary discipline and social science consortium as a co-discipline. Omolola completed undergraduate and graduate studies and earned a BTech degree (2008) in forestry and wood technology, and an MTech (2012) degree in forest resources management from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. Having graduated as one of the top 5 students in her class, she earned an assistant lecturer position from the same institution. While developing her career, she enrolled in the professional master’s degree program of the United Nations supported Regional Training Center in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) in 2013 and graduated as the best student in geoinformation production and management.

Omolola self-sponsored herself to UMKC before she was awarded UMKC College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Geosciences funding as a graduate teaching assistantship in August 2016 till date. Her research focuses on a Geo-information based assessment of forest fire risk in Missouri State, United States of America. She has attended several academic conferences and has a number of journal publications as well as chapter contributions in edited books to her credit. She is currently exploring the application of geospatial technology in forest fire management and assessment of the co-effects of land use/land cover change and climate change on wildfire/biodiversity/forest resources.

Omolola is a Shear Fellow, 21 st Century Leadership Academy, Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at UM-St. Louis, 2018. She is also a member of several learned societies including the American Association of Geographers (AAG), UMKC Women in Science, Forestry Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Forests and Forest Products Society (FFPS), and the Nigeria Environmental Society (NEM), among others.

In Their Words

I learned a lot about the different climate research and initiatives happening worldwide. It was also very valuable experience facilitating the sessions."

Lindsay Luke, 2015 Awardee

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group"

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee

Being a graduate scholar forced me to network and become involved in the conference more than I would have as just an attendee."

Kelly Stevens, 2015 Awardee