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12th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 30, 2020

“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• October 27–28, 2011



Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 2011

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

11th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010

“Water – The Crisis Ahead”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• April 2010  [AUDIO FILES]






Kistler Prize



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Nomination Process

Nomination Schedule and Selection Process

Kistler Prize Nomination Packages must be postmarked no later than September 30 for the Prize that will be presented the following year.

Accordingly, Nomination Packages for the 2011 award must be submitted to the Foundation For the Future by September 30, 2020. After the close of nominations, the review/selection process requires approximately three months. The Kistler Prize Advisory Panel assists the Foundation For the Future by evaluating nominee dossiers and making recommendations concerning the nominees. Final decisions are made by the Foundation Board of Trustees.

Guidelines and Criteria for Nomination

Research nominated for the Kistler Prize must be available in the form of a scholarly work or body of work(s) either as original research with findings or as unique, innovative interpretations of past and present research done by other scholars. The innovative contribution must be based on the study of the gene and its relationship to human society, and the implications. This scholarship should establish as incontrovertible the relationship between genetics and human society. Scholarly reviews of this research will be considered as part of the screening process for all nominees. The Foundation does not preclude the nomination of individuals who have been awarded other prizes and honors for their research.

The Kistler Prize is international in scope. The awardee may reside and work in any country in the world. However, the research must be available to leading scholars from around the world who can provide peer review. The Nomination Package must be submitted in English and the publications and/or their evaluations by peers must also be available in English.

No individual may be self-nominated and peer letters of support for the nomination are required, in addition to the letter from the person(s) submitting the nomination. These guidelines were approved by the Board of Trustees to ensure the widest involvement and support of the scholarly community in the Kistler Prize nomination process.

While many scholars may consider their own work or that of peers to be appropriate for this award, candidates must have produced scholarly work as defined in these guidelines.

1. The research must be in the field of genetics, which is defined as the study of the physical and functional unit of heredity (DNA) that carries information from one generation to another.

2. The scholarship must increase knowledge about the human genetic base.

3. The research must contribute to understanding about the role of genetics in human society and the implications thereof.

4. The research must expand the field of knowledge about the role of genetics heritability and human society, and the implications.

The Foundation does not advocate positions with regard to research in any field, including genetics. It is the mission of the Foundation to increase and diffuse knowledge about issues related to the long-term future of humanity. To fulfill this mission, the Foundation is keenly concerned that the results of genetic research, including research on the role of genetics in human society and implications thereof, be made available to the wider scholarly community for review and use. It is the dissemination of research findings that benefits the full community of scholars and ultimately all of humanity. For this reason, the Foundation has established a process for peer nominations and peer review of the research of all nominees.

Screening Process

The following nomination process has been established for selection and award of the Kistler Prize. The award will be made only through this nomination and selection process, which has been approved by the Foundation Board of Trustees

General Guidelines

A. No person may be self-nominated.

B. Nominations may be made by academic peers, by persons from the general society, or by members of the Kistler Prize Advisory Panel.

C. A prepared Nomination Package, available from the Foundation, must be used for every nomination.

D. The Foundation will review all nominations and will request additional information when necessary to complete dossiers on potential recipients.

E. A letter from the Foundation will be sent to the nominating person, acknowledging receipt of the Nomination Package.

F. The nominee will be sent a letter from the Foundation notifying him/her about the nomination. There will also be a letter from the Foundation to be signed by the nominee. This letter will provide authorization for the Foundation to proceed with the screening process. It will also be a commitment from the nominee that, if selected for the Kistler Prize, he/she will personally attend the ceremony to receive the award. If the nominee cannot be present, and if this letter is not signed and returned, the nominee will not be considered.

G. Potential recipients and nominators are requested not to contact the Foundation for status reports or to promote the candidacy of any individual.

H. Potential candidates may be nominated by more than one person. However, this does not increase the likelihood of award.

I. The staff of the Foundation For the Future may assist the Advisory Panel, as required, in preparing the Nomination Package for individuals nominated by the Advisory Panel.