SMiRT 26 will continue the Early Career Shibata Award. The objective of the award is to identify and recognize outstanding work of young and early career professionals, defined here as participants who have earned a Bachelor’s degree within 10 years of July 2022.
At the time of registration, authors have to indicate if they want their paper to be considered for the Heki Shibata Early Career Award. The early career professional must be (a) the first author of the paper, and (b) the presenter of the paper at the conference. The ISC Division Coordinators will identify papers for further consideration. An expert panel will then rank these papers based on technical merit and innovation, and a member from the expert review panel will attend the presentations of these top ranked papers. Finally, the expert panel will rank the papers using a composite ranking of 70 % for paper content and 30 % for the presentation. A total of 3 awards will be presented - a cash award of €1000 and a free conference registration at the next conference (SMiRT 27) for the winner, and cash awards of €500 and €250 for the first and second runners up, respectively.