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Nominations now open for ISTS Awards

The Awards Committee for the 41st International Sea Turtle Symposium is happy to announce that Nominations are now open for the following Awards:

- ISTS Lifetime Achievement Award: An annual award honoring an individual(s) who have had a significant impact on sea turtle biology and conservation through the course of their career.

- Champions Award: This award is presented annually to individuals or communities, governmental or non-governmental organizations that have, in the recent past, carried out outstanding work towards the effective conservation of sea turtles.

- Ed Drane Award for Volunteerism: This award was established in 2011 in memory of Ed Drane who was Treasurer of the ISTS for more than 20 years. His passion for sea turtles and his commitment to the ISTS were both energizing and inspiring. This award is presented to an individual who is working with sea turtles outside of their professional life.

Wondering how to nominate?

Follow the instructions on our Awards page. Please note that two letters of support are needed together with the nomination, written by individuals with personal experience of the nominee’s research/conservation activities. A template letter is available here and should be e-mailed directly to the Award Committee

Please note that only current ISTS members are eligible to make nominations for these awards. Individuals, communities or organizations cannot nominate themselves, and past recipients of a specific award are not eligible to be nominated again for that award (you can see here a list of previous award recipients).

Deadline for nominations is 30th November 2022.