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TWAS-Elsevier Foundation Sustainability Case Studies Competition
The competition is designed as a catalyst to boost the involvement of young researchers from developing countries in sustainability science as a whole. Through their case studies, early career researchers will consider how their research helps to tackle some of our greatest challenges.
1 February 2017
Partner Organizations
Eligible Nominees from
All developing countries
Age limit

The Competition calls for case studies which present issues and challenges for sustainable development through real life situations. Submissions should:

  • identify the roots and causes of the problem placing it into its social, national and/or international context.
  • make reference to the impact of the current situation
  • outline on-going or possible solution(s) explicitly specifying the role of science and/or policy making

Finally, case studies should remain focused on key principles such as sustainable future, ecosystem services and quality of life for human societies.

The Elsevier Foundation and TWAS are pleased to announce the launch of the first “Sustainability Case Studies” Contest; the call will open on the 1st of December 2016 and will close on the 1st of February 2017. Full guidelines are provided below.


  • The “Sustainability Case Studies” Contest is open to all current TWAS and OWSD PhD Fellowship recipients.
  • Only one submission per person is permitted.
  • Write-ups will be accepted on one of the 6 sustainability topics listed below:
    • Green and Sustainable Chemistry
    • Energy
    • Agriculture and Food Security
    • Water and Sanitation
    • Science Education and the Workforce
    • Climate Change and Disaster & Risk Reduction
  • Special consideration will be given to case studies which feature how a gender dimension has been applied to their area of research.
  • Case studies should not exceed 500 words.
  • Papers should be written in English for an educated lay audience.
  • Each submission will include i) the electronic entry form duly filled in, and an ii) essay written in English and saved in MS WORD DOC.
  • Only one submission per person is permitted.
  • The best essay in each of the 6 categories will be rewarded with a prize of 1,000 USD.
  • Evaluation of essays will take place in March 2017 and will be carried out by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced before May 2017.
  • Complete submissions should be received by email to before and no later than the 1st of February 2017.

Style Guidelines:

Please follow the guidelines below.

  • Technical terms: Please explain technical terms so that non-scientists can understand (the target readership will include policy-makers, NGOs, etc.).
  • Acronyms: These should be spelled out in the first instance followed by the acronym in brackets, e.g. The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
  • Monetary values: Please provide all figures in US Dollars or Euros.
  • Publications: Please ensure that the references given are accurate and select those that are more readily accessible.
  • Images: Please ensure that photographs are of a suitable size (Jpeg files with an image size of 10 x 15 cm and a resolution of 300 dpi are adequate) and that text (in English) and symbols on charts and diagrams will be legible when reduced to fit across a page measuring 16 cm.
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