International Fertilizer Association Launches 2021 IFA Science Awards

Paris, France, 16 July 2021

The International Fertilization Association (IFA) is inviting individual scientists to apply for two awards that recognize excellence in plant nutrition science, innovation and extension for sustainable development.

IFA has granted the IFA Norman Borlaug Award to a person whose research or extension work has led to significant advances in crop nutrition since 1993. This year, the association is expanding its program to reflect the food system concept -- the web of activities in food production and consumption -- and their effects on the environment and health.

“We will showcase scientists who are advancing new, more sustainable crop nutrition solutions that support any of a variety of goals, including healthy soil, lower emissions, more recycling and better livelihoods for farmers,” said Alzbeta Klein, Director General and CEO, IFA.

The science awards are:

  • The IFA Norman Borlaug Plant Nutrition Award, which recognizes a large portfolio of research achievements, demonstrating that the individual candidate has made significant contributions to knowledge as well as concrete solutions.
  • The IFA Emerging Scholar Award, which recognizes an individual’s portfolio of research that suggests the candidate will make significant contributions in the future.

The judges for each award will consider the nominations in the context of the “New Paradigm for Plant Nutrition” as developed by the Scientific Panel on Responsible Plant Nutrition.

The application deadline is September 13, 2021. Read here for details. Women scientists are particularly encouraged to apply.


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About the International Fertilizer Association

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) was founded in 1927 and is the only global fertilizer association, with more than 400 members in some 70 countries and a mission to promote efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients. This mission plays a critical role in feeding the world sustainably. IFA represents providers of plant nutrition solutions. Members include fertilizer producers, traders and distributors, as well as their associations, service providers to the industry, research organizations, ag-tech startups and non-governmental organizations.

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