July 9, 2015
WFF PhD Prize 2015 Awarded
Ten PhD graduate students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have been recognised for excellence in environmental and sustainability research. They received the World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research – an award of US $10,000 each – from Dr Feng Lun, Chairman of WFF, at an award presentation ceremony held at NTU today.
This year’s PhD Prize winners examined technologies in wide-ranging areas such as renewable energy, biodiversity, payoffs from sustainability and Singapore’s coastal development strategies. They were evaluated on criteria including novelty, societal relevance and commercial potential of their work, and their passion for environmental sustainability.
WFF Chairman Feng Lun said, “This platform not only provides an excellent opportunity in recognising top young scientists, but also inspires them to make the world a better place for mankind.” NUS Vice Provost (Graduate Education), Professor Mohan Kankanhalli and NTU Associate Provost (Graduate Education), Professor Yue Chee Yoon highly appreciated WFF’s support over the past six years and introduced their achievement in this field respectively. Dr Lu Bo, Managing Director of WFF, then briefed the project including purpose, background, selection process and data analysis of the past winners.
The Indonesian and Indian embassies have sent representatives to present the ceremony. Other attending VIPS include WFF directors Liang Shangyong, Chan Siew Wei and Feng Yuliang.
Introduced in 2010, the WFF PhD Prize is the first award of its kind to recognise excellence in doctoral-level (PhD) environmental and sustainability research in Singapore. It also offers the highest cash award among student prizes at Singapore’s universities. Handpicked from a field of more than a thousand submissions, this year’s winners were assessed based on the societal and economic relevance of their research (for example, commercial potential); evidence of novelty (for example, patents); and a demonstrated passion for environmental and sustainability research.
For more information on WFF PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research, please visit: www.wffphdprize.sg