The Festival for awarding the USERN Prize


1.    Background

All around the world, thousands of scientists are making the best of their efforts to find solutions for the scientific problems in their field of specialty, in order to promote life situations and make the universe a more befitting host for all the living creatures.

Having the glory of an outstanding achievement in mind, it should not be forgotten that diligence in the path has an equal importance. Thinking on a world with the “sciences without borders”, which means the interdisciplinary sciences without any geographical borders, made us to make somethings different in the world! We believe that our lives are too short, while once we learn somethings, we realize that we are enough old to do somethings; so, sharing experiences with talent juniors and encouraging them to continue the correct way on science might lead to a better world in the future.

Purposing on acknowledging junior scientists for all their efforts and achievements, and encouraging them to proceed with their goals, the Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) was established. The USERN Prize is to be awarded for the first time at the closing ceremony of 1st USERN congress. The operational plan has been briefly described in the following sessions.

2.    The History and Origin

The Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) has been inaugurated in 2015 as an independent organization with main purpose of peaceful and humanitarian promotion of education and research, universally. It comprises of top 1% scientists in all 21 scientific fields as the advisory board members who would manage and supervise the educational and research programs in their field of specialty. The executive members in both educational and research programs would be loyal to ethical principles and put their efforts to direct the network for final goal of serving the humanity in all aspects. Designing the educational programs in different fields and levels, conducting research projects resulting in articles, books or patents as the main products, and providing an ethical scientific environment for scientists and researchers to work in would be included in the USERN operational content.

3.    USERN Prize Awarding Festival

USERN prize is an international award, established by the USERN, which would be annually bestowed to junior scientists or researchers less than 40 years of age for any novel advancement or achievement in scientific education, research, or serving the humanity in five scientific fields including medical sciences, life sciences, formal sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.

The 1st International Festival for Awarding USERN prize has been held in November 10th and the prize was bestowed in the World Science Day for Peace and Development (November 10th). The festival included expert meetings and conferences (November 8th-9th), awarding the prize and closing ceremony (November 10th), followed by the social programs (November 11th-14th). The host of first festival, held in November 2016, was Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tehran, Iran.

4.    Objectives

5.    Organization

6.    Executive Calendar

7.    Awards

The 1st Prize Delegate "USERN Award" includes:

- 5,000$ cash award for Promoting Advancement of Scientific Knowledge in a responsible manner to address human needs and aspirations

- USERN Prize statuettes presented along with USERN Medal

- Special USERN gift(s)

- Travel grant opportunities for the USERN Festival; including round trip flight ticket and accommodation

- Free registration to all scientific and social events during the congress

- Prize Laureates will be offered Honorary Advisory Board membership of USERN, for 3 years, according to the USERN Statute
- USERN Laureates will be offered a one-week scientific visit by their own cost in a number of top institutes worldwide*, which will be credited for 2018-2019 (should be discussed and arranged, if interested)

* The list of institutes that have already provisionally accepted to host the winners is as follow:

Scientific visit of St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, The Rockefeller University, USA

Scientific visit of Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Biomaterials, Harvard Medical School, USA

Scientific visit of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Scientific visit of Department of Pediatrics, Nippon Medical School, Japan

Scientific visit of Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Scientific visit of Division of Immunopathology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Scientific visit of Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Germany)

Scientific visit of Department of Stem Cell Transplantation, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

Scientific visit of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Scientific visit of Royan Institute, Iran

Scientific visit of University of California, Irvine, USA

Scientific visit of Multi-Disciplinary Big Data and Visualization Lab, Riverside, USA

Scientific visit of Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

Scientific visit of Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Scientific visit of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Research Center, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Scientific visit of Department of Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Sydney Children's Hospital, Australia

8.    Application

The application for USERN Prize 2017 has been started now. The applicants should submit their applications via the online application form!

9.    USERN Laureates

USERN LAUREATES 2016

* Floris De Lange (Netherlands) in Social Sciences

FOR: Expectation sharpens the visual response

* Alexander Leemans (Belguim/Netherlands) in Medical Sciences

FOR: PROcessing and VIsualization in Diffusion Imaging

* Jamshid Aghaei (Iran) in Physical Sciences

FOR: Evaluating Technical Benefits and Risks of Renewable Energy Sources Increasing Penetration in Electrical Networks

* Morteza Mahmoudi (Iran/USA) in Biological Sciences

FOR: Defining the Biological Identity of Nanotherapeutics for High Yield Cancer Therapy

* Lucas Joppa (USA) in Formal Sciences

FOR: Technology for Nature

 

USERN LAUREATES 2017

* Matjaž Perc (Slovenia) in Social Sciences

For: Transitions Towards Cooperation in Human Societies

* Lucina Qazi Uddin (USA) in Medical Sciences

For: Brain Dynamics and Flexible Behavior in Autism and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity

* Maria-Magdalena Titirici (UK) in Physical Sciences

For: The Design of Efficient and Low Cost Electrocatalysts Catalysts Without the Use of Critical Metals

* Valentina Cauda (Italy) in Biological Sciences

For: Hybrid Immune-Eluding Nanocrystals as Smart and Active Theranostic Weapons Against Cancer -TrojaNanoHorse

* Manlio De Domenico (Spain) in Formal Sciences

For: Multilayer Structure and Dynamics of the Physical World: Modeling the Complexity of Systems of Systems


Prize 2017 Application Form