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Elsevier and ProSPER.Net Announce 2012 Asia-Pacific ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award Winners

August 9, 2012

TOKYO, August 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific,
technical, and medical information products and services, today announced the winners of
the 2012 ProSPER.Net Scopus Young Scientist Award [http://asia.elsevier.com/ysa2012 ].

Co-hosted by ProSPER.Net and Elsevier for the past 4 years, the Prosper.Net-Scopus
Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development Symposium, previously held in Malaysia,
Shanghai and the Philippines, this year was held in Tokyo, Japan in July 2012. At this
annual symposium the ProSPER.Net Scopus Young Scientist Award is given to young scientists
or researchers based in the Asia-Pacific region who have made significant contributions in
the area of Sustainable Development.

The award’s selection criteria are based on the number of publication, number of
citation and H-index from the world’s largest abstract and citation database of
peer-reviewed literature, Scopus, as well as documented social impact. The winners receive
prizes, including a fellowship to Germany with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The three winners, respectively from Thailand, China and Indonesia, were selected by a
panel of Education for Sustainable Development judges from 9 shortlisted candidates out of
85 applicants from Asia-Pacific.

The winners in the 3 categories are:

        Sustainable Infrastructure:
        Dr. Tanapon Phenrat, Naresuan University, Thailand
        Research Area: Groundwater and Soil Remediation

        Sustainable Consumption and Production:
        Dr. Jun Yang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
        Research Area: Sweet Potato Genetic Transformation for Environment-friendly Production

        Health with a Focus on Poverty Eradication
        Dr. Yodi Mahendrahata, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
        Research Area: Poverty-related Diseases, Especially TB, Malaria and Dengue

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to present this award in collaboration with
Elsevier. Every year we see more and more outstanding work being done by young scientists
in the Asia-Pacific region. I hope this award serves as an inspiration to young
researchers who will continue to tackle sustainability challenges and keep their efforts
to build sustainable societies,” said Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director of ProSPER.Net
Secretariat and Programme Director for Education for Sustainable Development, UNU-IAS.

Mr. Lim Kok Keng, Managing Director of Science & Technology Asia-Pacific at Elsevier
said, “Elsevier is honored to continue the tradition of recognizing the achievements of
young scientists in Asia-Pacific who have made significant contributions to Sustainable
Development research. These young scientists are conducting important work that will shape
the future of sustainable development in infrastructure, consumption and production, and
health sciences. We are proud to support the endeavors of the global scientific

“The inclusion of Sustainable Infrastructure in the 2012 ProSPER.Net Scopus Young
Scientist Award was an inspired decision that attracted a very strong field of
applications,” said one of the award panelists, Prof. Tony Dalton from RMIT University.
“Many young researchers within the Asia-Pacific region are passionate about Education for
Sustainable Development. They demonstrate how scholars are contributing to making the
infrastructure provision of cities and regions a part of important climate change
mitigation and adaptation agendas. The winner of the Sustainable Infrastructure category
demonstrates this capacity at a very high level, and future winners will continue to
inspire many young scholars to emulate their committed approach to sustainability

About ProSPER.Net

The network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research
(ProSPER.Net) is a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and
the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development into
postgraduate courses and curricula. Member institutions involved have strong education and
research programmes in sustainable development and related fields.


About the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (http://www.humboldt-foundation.de) supports
the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development by providing a
Humboldt Research Fellowship and additional benefits to the award winners. The Humboldt
Research Fellowships allow them to come to Germany to work on a research project they have
chosen themselves together with a host and collaborative partner in a German institution
for a period of six to 18 months. To ensure a maximum value of the research stay the
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will provide the awardees with assistance in finding an
appropriate host institution. This should be facilitated by an optional travel to Germany
beforehand to meet possible host institutions. The approval of a scientist in Germany to
host the award winner is a precondition being awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for
experienced researchers. Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian. Even after research
fellows’ initial stay in Germany has come to an end, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
maintain close links with them by providing a comprehensive alumni sponsorship programme.

About Scopus

Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation
database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track
analyze and visualize research. Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and
librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from
nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad
interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information
about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct
links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference
management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any
other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit


In October 2008, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
announced it would use Scopus Custom Data for its research, analysis and benchmarking work
due to its broad international coverage, clean flexible data and advanced features.
Australian Research Council (ARC) selected Scopus to provide citation information for the
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative Cluster One evaluation. Of the top
50 universities, as ranked by Time Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, 50%
depend on Scopus and the percentage continues to increase each year.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health
communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
solutions include ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], Scopus
[http://www.scopus.com ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], ClinicalKey
[http://www.clinicalkey.com ] and Mosby’s Nursing Suite [http://www.confidenceconnected.com
], which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal
suite [http://www.scival.com ] and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review [http://www.medai.com ], which
help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world-leading publisher and information provider, which
is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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