Joint Travel Award for Best Paper


9th International Symposium on Digital Earth

Halifax · Nova Scotia · Canada

5 – 9 October, 2015


Joint Travel Award for Best Paper Competition of Young Scientists from




The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), founded in Beijing in 2006, is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organization principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.

CAS-TWAS SDIM refers to the Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation, which is jointly sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and hosted by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), CAS. The goal of the Centre is to conduct much-needed research on disaster mitigation through advanced space technologies, especially space-borne Earth observation technology, and provide knowledge transfer in developing countries through joint research, education, training, workshop and advisory services. In addition, the close relationships and outreach with TWAS and its Regional Office will also effectively advance its mission.

To encourage active participation in the 9th International Symposium on Digital Earth and promote the Digital Earth vision worldwide, the Young Scientist Committee of ISDE and CAS-TWAS SDIM are offering a travel award to a young scientist from a developing country to attend ISDE9 in Halifax, and also to a candidate for the SDIM training workshop organized in China in the year following. The developing countries include all countries in Africa, South and Central America (including the Caribbean), most countries of southern Asia, and Oceania (ISDE uses the United Nations interpretation of 'developing country', refer to the United Nations website:

The winners of the paper competition must be giving a presentation at the 9th Symposium of the ISDE, and be younger than 35 years. They must submit a full copy of the paper through the Call for Papers on the conference website ( and simultaneously to the ISDE Secretariat before 17 April 2015. The applicants must also submit a separate page to the ISDE Secretariat with the following information:   

  • Applicant’s name, gender, address, fax number (if possible), e-mail address, nationality;
  • Passport number:
  • Paper title:
  • Education beyond high school:
  • Date of birth (month, year):
  • Name and address of person submitting letter of support:
  • Estimated cost of transportation to the conference place:
  • Number of days the applicant will be at the conference:
  • Relationship with ISDE (e.g., member), if any:
  • Intended future involvement in ISDE:

In addition, applicants must arrange for a letter of support from a recognised scientist from the home or other country to be sent directly to the ISDE Secretariat. All material should be sent by e-mail to .

The paper should follow the scope of the symposium’s Call for Paper. The themes of the 9th Symposium of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), along with further information about the conference can be found at: .

Papers must be original and clearly written with appropriate citations and credits. Papers should be reports on research studies or other Digital Earth-related projects. Co-authorship is acceptable if the applicant is principal author and will be the presenter. Recipients will be expected to be at the symposium for a minimum of four days (and are encouraged to be there for the entire symposium) and must attend the opening ceremony.

The award of the winner for attending ISDE9 will cover transportation (economy return air tickets), which will be purchased by the SDIM secretariat at RADI.  The winner should find support for arranging his/her accommodation and registration fee. Preference may be given to applicants from member organization in good standing, but the competition is open to young scientists in all developing countries.

Another awardee of the winner will be eligible to attend CAS-TWAS SDIM training workshop in the year followed, who should make all efforts to attend ISDE9 by himself/herself. The SDIM will cover return economic airfare, accommodation of two weeks in China during the training workshop (The location of the workshop will depend on the organizer’s decision, and will be announced at due time).

Notification of awards will be provided by June 30, 2015 (Subject to change after the final paper deadline*).

ISDE is aware that applying for a visa to travel to a Symposium takes time and can be difficult. ISDE expects all notified winners of Travel Awards to apply immediately, on confirmation of an award, for a relevant visa and to keep the Secretariat informed of progress in the application.

Please submit full papers through the conference system and send all material by e-mail to the ISDE Secretariat ( In case you have questions you can contact the ISDE Secretariat at any time.

About International Training Workshop of SDIM

In response to the needs of developing countries in disaster mitigation to tackle the natural and human-induced environmental disaster, SDIM organizes the International Training Workshop on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation every year. It has the purpose of providing a scientific and practical guide to the workshop participants from the developing countries, with examples of good practices in implementing disaster mitigation and recommendations for actions. Experts from various national and international institutions, including TWAS, UN agencies, ICSU, GEO, etc., will share their experiences with working on disaster mitigation and Earth observation.