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IASS Hangai Prize

The Hangai Prize MedalIn memory of Professor Yasuhiko Hangai (Japan, 1942-1998), a very active member of the IASS and its Executive Council, and in accordance with his career-long encouragement for young people, the Hangai Prize recognizes talented young researchers, designers, and engineers working in the field of shell and spatial structures.  This recognition is achieved by selecting outstanding submissions to the Annual IASS Symposium in the form of research papers, résumés of design projects, or innovative ideas.

To address inquiries about the Hangai Prize not answered by the following sections of this page, e-mail the prize committee.

18th Hangai Prize, 2020: Applications for the 2020 Hangai Prize have been closed. Because the Covid-19 pandemic has required the postponement of the IASS 2020 Symposium, the applications already received are still being evaluated. Winners will be announced in late autumn, the winning papers will be published in the December 2020 issue of the Journal of the IASS, and the winning authors will present their contributions in a conferral ceremony at the IASS 2020/21 Symposium in August, 2021.

19th Hangai Prize, 2021: The next round of the Hangai Prize competition is for the IASS 2020/21 Symposium to be held at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, 23-27 August 2021 (postponed from 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic). General application instructions, as they become available, are detailed below, including the specific deadlines. 

To be considered, papers must not only be submitted to the annual symposium but also be explicitly entered into the Hangai Prize Contest.  Papers that have previously been submitted for publication in the Journal of the IASS are not eligible for entry in the Hangai Prize competition.

To be eligible for the prize, the applicant need not be a member of the IASS but must:

  1. be under the age of thirty at the end of the calendar year of the Annual Symposium,
  2. be the primary contributor of the research, the project, or the idea presented and as such be the first or sole author of the abstract and the paper,
  3. follow the procedures established by the Annual Symposium for the submission of a contribution, including the submission of an abstract by the specified date,
  4. upload a full-paper manuscript and the completed Hangai Prize entry form to the symposium upload website by the established deadline, and
  5. if selected as a winner, attend the Symposium to present the paper in a plenary session and to receive the prize.
Presentation and Benefits
The Prizes are presented during the Annual Symposium.  Each prize consists of:
    (1) a certificate and medal,
    (2) reduced fees for the symposium,
    (3) a free one-year IASS Awardee membership for the full calendar year following the symposium, and
    (4) publication of the contributions in both the Symposium Proceedings and the Journal of the IASS.
As an incentive for entering the competition, all applicants - whether winners or not - who attend and present their papers at the Annual Symposium receive a free one-year IASS Awardee membership for the full calendar year following the symposium.

How to Apply for the 19th Hangai Prize, 2021

To apply formally for the Hangai Prize, conform to all of the following steps.  (Please be reminded that both the abstract and the full paper must have the applicant as the first or sole author and that each document must conform to the required lengths and format using the templates available on the symposium website.)
  1. Submission of the abstract to the symposium website: Upload a one-page abstract to the symposium upload site no later than the  deadline of 30 November 2020. Notes: (a) acceptance of the abstract by the symposium scientific committee (nominally by 31 January 2021) is a precondition for the next step; and (b) should the symposium deadlines for abstract submission and acceptance be extended, the same extensions will apply for Hangai Prize entrants.
  2. Uploading of the full paper to the Hangai site portion of the IASS 2020/21 website: After the abstract has been accepted (scheduled by 31 January), upload the full paper and the completed Hangai Prize entry form to the  Hangai Prize online application and uploading website embedded in the symposium website no later than the symposium deadline of 31 March 2021.
  3. The submission in step 2 above also serves as submission to the symposium scientific committee because, starting in 2020, the submission process has been integrated into the single symposium site. However, should the symposium deadline be extended, the original deadline for full paper submission will still apply for Hangai Prize applicants because of the extra time required for the more detailed review
  4. The deadline for full paper acceptance is nominally 31 May 2021, although the results of the prize competition may need to be announced later than this paper-acceptance notification.

To address inquiries about the Hangai Prize not answered by this page, email the prize committee.

List of past recipients of the Hangai Prize

Hangai Prize Selection Committee
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