Konrad Thaler Commemoration Prize

In 2005 our much-valuated colleague Konrad Thaler passed away. He was one of the last university lecturers whose research topis focussed on the faunistics, ecology, biogeography and taxonomy of the native arachnids in Central Europe. In order to contribute to the continuation of this research tradition, the board of the AraGes decided in this year to honor the deceased scientist and committed teacher by naming a young-academics prize after him: the Konrad Thaler Commemoration Prize.

The Konrad Thaler Commemoration Prize acknowledges extraordinary theses from all fields of arachnology (except Acari). Since 2007 it is awarded every third year during the member councils of the AraGes.

The jury consists of the board of the AraGes as well as an external juror; the winner is determined by simple majority vote of the jurors. The prize can be divided among several candidates and includes a monetary reward of € 3000. If the jury considers no theses to be prizeworthy, it can choose not to give the prize to anyone.


4. Call for Proposals (2013-2015)


The fourth award period is between 1 January, 2013 till 31 December, 2015.

All theses (Doctoral, Diploma, Master, Bachelor, State exam), which have been excepted by a European university, can be submitted. They have to be written in German or Englisch. Recommendations by anyone holding a doctorate as well as spontaneous submissions by the authors are accepted. A membership in the AraGes is not a necessary in order to participate. Submission deadline is 4 January 2016.

The 4. Konrad Thaler Commemoration Prize of the Arachnologische Gesellschaft e.V. will be awarded during the 7. Member Council during the AraGes Meeting 2016 in Stralsund. The laureates (prize winners) are expected to present their study in a presentation during the award ceremony.

The theses are to be submitted in writing (three copies) until 4 January 2016 as well as PDF copy to:

Dr. Ambros Hänggi

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
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