***Prizes of  £100 cash up for grabs***

We want to see more researchers using the UK’s long-term experiments (LTE).

To encourage the next generation of scientists to think about how they might use these resources in their own work, we are hosting a competition open to all PhD student and early career researchers. Entries are also welcome from BSc and MSc students conducting research projects on long-term experiments.

Sponsored by Global Change Biology, entries are welcome from any country in the world. Your entry will be judged by a panel of esteemed ecologists, with the winners in each category to win £100 cash.  


How to enter?

Draft and submit a short research proposal, which incorporates the use of a long-term experiment (LTE).

The experiment in the proposal may be an existing LTE, or one that you would like to see established.  LTEs are controlled, replicated, manipulative experiments undertaken at an ecosystem level, with treatments applied for a minimum of 6 years.

Submit your proposal using our online entry form

It may help to draft your responses to each question before submitting online. A template of the questions can be downloaded here

If you would like diagrams or tables to form part of your submission, please email them to Jessica detailing the title of your submission.



The judges will score each entry on the basis of: 
•    originality
•    testability of the hypothesis
•    potential scientific value of the results
•    justification of a long-term approach. 

Entrants agree to share their entry under a creative commons licence. Submitted entries may be used in ECT publicity, with attribution.  

***Applications must be submitted  by 09.00am Friday 23rd June ***

Winners will be announced via twitter Friday 30th June. Winners will be asked to provide proof of eligibility in the form of a copy of their Doctorate certificate or an email from their supervisor.