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The Michael Heathcoat Amory Award: Call for Applications

Michael Heathcoat Amory (r) in Chevithorne Barton, Devon, UK, pictured next to his friend and collaborator James MacEwen.
© Béatrice Chassé

Description

The International Oak Society invites individuals with research projects contributing to advancing our knowledge about, or appreciation of, oaks or their conservation to submit applications for the Michael Heathcoat Amory Award.This award is in memory of Michael Heathcoat Amory (1941-2016), renowned oak collector, creator of the collection at Chevithorne Barton, and longtime supporter of the International Oak Society.

Eligibility

Research topics include, but are not limited to, in-situ or ex-situ conservation, phylogeny, taxonomy, propagation techniques, the valorization of oaks as a resource, the cultural aspects of oaks in our history.

It is not necessary to be affiliated with an institution; private research endeavors are welcome.

Funding

The funding, for a total of £ 2,000, or any part thereof, may serve to finance (the following is suggestive not exclusive) travel costs incurred by the project, research aids, assistance with publication, student exchanges, participation as a speaker in the 9th International Oak Society Conference (2018; Davis, California).

Application and deadlines

Applications may be obtained at http://www.internationaloaksociety.org/content/mha-award-application or by contacting any of the below-named individuals. Completed applications may be submitted to mhaaward@internationaloaksociety.org or to any of the below-named individuals.

Applications must be submitted in English by 30 April 2017.

The application must specify precisely what the funding will be used for.

The applications will be reviewed by a committee chaired by the International Oak Society’s acting President, Charles Snyers d’Attenhoven, and composed of its former Presidents (Béatrice Chassé, Allen Coombes, Eike Jablonski, Ron Lance, and Guy Sternberg). Results will be announced in July 2017.

Dissemination

Recipients are expected to submit a paper for publication in International Oaks, the Journal of the International Oak Society.