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Ivan Skinner Award

The EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award aims to advance the common interest of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Incorporated (NZSEE) in promoting research outcomes which reduce the impacts of earthquakes on New Zealand communities. A list of past recipients are available

Nominations are currently closed. Check back early 2020 for details on nominations for the 2020 award.

Applicants

Applications for the EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award are currently closed. The objective of the award is to advance the common interest of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Incorporated (NZSEE) in promoting research outcomes, which reduce the impacts of earthquakes on New Zealand communities.

Applicants are ideally:

  • A New Zealand earthquake engineering researcher who has already demonstrated high promise with early achievements; or
  • Undergraduate students or individuals holding other relevant qualifications who show exceptional promise in contributing to the field of earthquake engineering research; or
  • Employed in a role to which earthquake-engineering research is relevant and undertaken.

Preference is likely to be given to individuals who are at a stage in their careers at which the award can make an important contribution to their further progress and/or who have a commitment to make further advances in earthquake engineering research.  In addition, pioneering or innovative research based on unusual combinations of knowledge and skills may be given favourable consideration.

It is not expected that the Award be used solely for or to complete a research task.  The Award should be used towards or in connection with the advancement of earthquake engineering research.  For example, the Award may be used by the recipient to initiate post-doctoral research, participate in international study groups or to publish completed work.

Value and Duration

The EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award has a value of $10,000.

The recipient must agree to provide EQC and the NZSEE with a short report as soon as practicable following completion of the relevant activity or research to which the Award was applied (and in any event no later than two years after the Award is made) which describes how the recipient used the Award.  The report is to be in a form suitable for publication in the NZSEE Bulletin, for distribution by the Earthquake Commission, and for presentation to the Commission’s Board.

Requirements

No separate application form is required.

Applicants should provide the following information (briefly but clearly):

  • A brief relevant curriculum vitae (one page).
  • A brief statement which explains why the applicant believes he or she would be a suitable candidate for the Award having regard to the criteria set out above.
  • References and abstracts for relevant publications/presentations by the applicant.
  • The names and contact details of two referees prepared to comment on the application.
  • A letter of support from a relevant expert/mentor.
  • A statement on further financial support conditional on receipt of the Award.
  • A brief outline of the research or activity that will be enabled/facilitated by the award giving the objectives, procedures and intended outcomes (suggested length of up to two pages).
  • A brief work plan indicating the start and finish dates of the proposed research or activity and the current status if the proposed research is a continuation of ongoing research (suggested length of up to one page).

Closing Date and Presentation

The recipient of the Award will be chosen by a panel established by NZSEE and including at least one person nominated by EQC. The decision of the panel will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. No award may be issued at the discretion of the panel. The Award will be presented at the NZSEE Conference.

Applications are currently closed.

Past Recipients

2019 Dr. Kaley Crawford – Flett
2018 Dr. Richard Henry / Dr. Tim Sullivan
2017 Dr. Dmytro Dizhur
2016 No award made
2015 Dr. Liam Wotherspoon
2014 Dr. Geoffrey Rodgers
2013 Dr. Alessandro Palermo
2012 Dr. Brendon Bradley
2010 Dr. Quincy Ma
2008 Assoc. Prof. Misko Cubrinovski
2007 Assoc. Prof. Rajesh Dhakal
2006 Assoc. Prof. Stefano Pampanin