Blog / July 21, 2022
Nominations open for GEO Individual Excellence Awards 2022
Nominations are now open for the GEO Individual Excellence Awards 2022. Launched in 2019 by the GEO Programme Board, the awards are presented annually to individuals in the GEO community who have demonstrated remarkable personal commitment to the GEO mission and vision.
The awards celebrate achievements such as generating social impact, influencing policies, and advancing a diverse and inclusive GEO. Learn more about last year’s winners and their achievements here.
Nominations, including self-nominations and nominations by sponsors, should be submitted by 2 September. The award winners will be honoured at a ceremony on 2 November during GEO Week 2022 in Accra, Ghana.
The GEO Secretariat hosted two webinars on 4 August to provide insights on how to write a good application and answer questions on the awards.
A recording of the morning session, featuring 2021 award winner Li Guoqing is available here.
A recording of the afternoon session, featuring Kathy Fontaine, co-chair of the awards subgroup, is available here.
A slide deck with advice on how to apply and writing tips is available here
Accomplishments must have occurred in the period since 2017. Up to three Individual Excellence Awards will be awarded in 2022.
The Award Committee will use the following criteria to select finalists:
Who can nominate?
Anyone in the GEO community can nominate individuals for the awards.
Who cannot nominate?
To avoid conflict of interest, members of the Award Committee cannot submit nominations or act as co-sponsors.
Who can be nominated?
Individuals involved in a GEO Work Programme activity currently, or past contributors who do not have any other conflict of interest may be nominated.
Who cannot be nominated?
Frequency of awards
Individuals can only win an award in a given category once every 3 years.
Q: If self-nominations are allowed, do I need to provide names for a nominator and two references?
A: You need to provide two references. You can put your name in the nominator field.
Q: Can the sponsor be anyone from GEO community, or do they need to be involved in a GEO group?
A: It can be anyone from the GEO community – we just need to see commitment to GEO’s values, mission and vision.
Q: If someone nominates me, do I need to provide references? If yes, how many?
A: The nominator needs to provide their own details, plus those of one additional reference. They only need to provide names and email addresses.
Q: Do the Sponsor or references need to provide a letter of support?
A: No, this is not required.
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