This is a crowdfunding initiative dedicated to help Latin American Students and Professionals attend the 9th Symposium of International Association for Lichenology (IAL9) in Bonito, Brazil, August 2-7, 2020 (https://doity.com.br/ial9/).
For the first time ever an International Symposium of Lichenology will now take place in Latin America !!!
This is a unique opportunity for lichenologists from Latin America to meet their colleagues from all across the world.
Lichens are beautiful and unique organisms that are ecologically enormously important, but often neglected. Lichenologists are scientists, who study these organisms. Particularly in the Tropics, the biodiversity of lichens is enormous, but still very poorly understood.
Photo above: The beautiful Teloschistes chrysophthalmus on a twig of the small tree Zanthoxyllum fagara in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Unfortunately the economic situation in Latin America is dire. Most universities on the South American continent are chronically underfunded. The political situation is difficult. Almost daily another country from Latin America is in the news - and all too often it is bad news!
For most students and even for academic professionals, it is almost impossible to raise the funds to attend international conferences - even if these take place in Latin America!
This means scientists from rich countries still dominate the field and professionals from Latin America are too often left out, not because of bad intentions, but caused by the lack of financial resources.
International conferences like the IAL9 are enormously important venues for networking. Scientists meet face-to-face, present and discuss their research results, develop new ideas and start collaborations. Bringing Latin American students and professionals into this community, have them participate in presentations and discussions is fundamentally important - a crucial aspect of Knowledge Transfer to Latin America.
With the money raised here we will sponsor competitive scholarships that will financially support Latin American students and professionals to travel to and attend the IAL9.
Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to sponsor 4 undergraduate students, 4 graduate students, and 4 academic professionals (incl. postdoctoral researchers). Each scholarship will contribute to travel costs (air fare) and IAL9 registration fees, but not accommodation and meals.
With this campaign we would like to raise a total of $10,000, to be divided as follows:
4x Undergraduate Student Scholarships: each $800 travel support + $200 conference registration = $1,000 [total $4,000]
4x Graduate Student Scholarships: each $500 travel support + $250 conference registration = $750 [total $3,000]
4x Academic Professional Scholarships: each $400 travel support + $350 conference registration = $750 total [$3,000]
As soon as we achieve our financing goal, the Grupo Latinoamericano de Liquenólogos (GLAL) will announce the following scholarships.
Applicants will be asked to supply:
- their CV
- two letters of recommendation
- an abstract for a poster or oral presentation
Scholarship applications will be reviewed and awarded by an independent committee from the Grupo Latinoamericano de Liquenólogos (GLAL).