Rodney Coates Award: Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life

Den Haag, The Netherlands, July 2019

We are very pleased to announce that through the generosity of his family, we will be presenting an award for the best student presentation in honor of the late Rodney Coates – an initiative first launched at AN2016 in Dublin.  Rodney attended several of our meetings and he was avidly interested in the whole discipline.  Those of us fortunate enough to have known Rodney miss his being at the meeting, and we are very honored to be able to remember him in a way that reflects his love of the field and his strong and continuing interest in young scientists.

Information about the award is below.  To indicate that you want to be considered for the award, please make sure to check the appropriate box during submission of your abstract.

The following are the procedures for the award.

  • The award is £1,000 for one individual. However, at the discretion of the judges, the award may be split amongst top candidates.
  • Candidates for the award must be graduate students registered at a recognized college or university anywhere in the world. Individuals who received their doctorates in 2019 are also eligible to compete.
  • Candidates may present on any topic germane to the theme of the meeting. If there is any question as to the applicability of the topic, this will be decided by the organizing committee.
  • Candidates must be the first author on the presentation and the work must primarily represent their scholarship towards their advanced degree.
  • Candidates must make a presentation at the meeting – either in a lightning round or, if invited, as a regular talk.
  • Judging will be based on the presentation if an invited talk and the presentation and poster if a lightening-round talk.
  • The organizers will suggest criteria to be evaluated and these will be posted on the AN2019 web page one month before the start of the meeting. The judges themselves may add to the criteria, but only in ways that apply to all candidates.
  • The judging group will be chaired by a member of the organizing committee (Dr. Sisneros) and selected from the Advisory Group by the organizers 2 months prior to the meeting.
    • There will be five judges (including the chair) and they will be selected based on the range of topics entered in the competition.
    • Selection of winners will be by vote of the committee of judges on Thursday evening before the Friday award presentation.
    • An attempt will be made to ensure that no judge is a mentor to or co-author of a candidate, or has other conflicts of interest (COI). If this proves impossible due to the size of the candidate pool, any judge with a COI will recuse him/her self from the discussions of that candidate.
  • Ideally, every paper and poster in the competition will be seen by every judge. However, if there is a large pool of candidates, the chair will assign three judges to each candidate.
  • Specific procedures for evaluation of the candidates will be left up to the judges in a discussion before the start of judging.
  • The winner(s) will be announced at a ceremony on the last day of the meeting.
  • Winners of the award will agree to acknowledge the award in publication of any work presented in the competition.

Any questions should be addressed to Joe Sisneros.