CIC Young Opinion Research Award 2016
28 October 2015


Introduction: The CIC is a global non-profit inter-governmental organization aiming to conserve wildlife through its sustainable use. The Young Opinion working group of the CIC focuses on creating a global network of young scientists under the age of 35, who believe in the values which the CIC is advocating.

Objective: The CIC Young Opinion Research Award is aimed at supporting researchers whose projects contribute to the sustainable use of wildlife for the benefit of natural heritage conservation. Thereby, the goal of the Young Opinion Research Award is to promote scientific research in accordance with the spirit of CIC’s convictions. Such research may cover any or all of the three main pillars of sustainable wildlife management: economic, socio-cultural, ecological.

Participants are required to send a summary of their research project, explaining the aim, methods and conclusions of the project.

The jury, a committee of CIC experts, will determine the two winners, who will be rewarded with an invitation to participate at the 63rd General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium (22nd – 23rd April 2016) and to present their projects and get in contact with key representatives and experts in the field of sustainable hunting. The prize covers the registration fee, accommodation and reasonable pre-approved travel expenses. The deadline for application is January 15th 2016. The results will be announced by mid-February 2016.

Requirements: Students of Masters and Doctoral programs under 35 years old are eli­gi­ble to apply.

The summary should meet the following criteria:

  • Cover the research topics dealing with sustainable hunting based on one or more of three approaches – economic, socio-cultural, ecological (topic examples: ethics, politics, or history of hunting; wildlife management measures from habitat improvements to harvest strategies)
  • Maximum length is 3600 characters/two pages
  • Working language – English

Please send your submissions to with the subject CIC Young Opinion Research Award 2016.


Winners of the “Thesis Award 2015”: Edson Gandiwa, Zimbabwe, The Numbers Game in Wildlife Conservation: Changeability and framing of large mammal numbers in Zimbabwe; Marco Tuti, Italy, Scientific research of sustainable hunting of woodcock in Italy; Imre Kovács, Hungary, Assessment, improvement and development of agricultural wildlife damage estimation methods