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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: Because the Covid-19 pandemic required the postponement of the IASS 2020 Symposium, the applications received in 2020 were evaluated into the autumn. The winners were announced in late autumn and are now listed on this website, the winning papers have been published in the December 2020 issue of the Journal of the IASS, and the winning authors will present their contributions in conferral ceremonies at the IASS 2020/21 Virtual Symposium in August, 2021.

19th Hangai Prize, 2021: The winners were announced in mid summer and are now listed on this website, the winning authors will present their contributions in conferral ceremonies at the IASS 2020/21 Virtual Symposium in August, 2021, and the winning papers will be published in the December issue of the Journal of the IASS.

20th Hangai Prize, 2022: The next round of the Hangai Prize competition is for the IASS 2022 Symposium organized by the Beijing University of Technology and to be held at the Beijing Friendship Hotel from 28 November to 2 December 2022. General application instructions will be detailed below, including the specific deadlines, as soon as they are available.

Criteria
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 20th Hangai Prize, 2022

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 posted deadline, 31 March 2022. Acceptance of the abstract by the symposium scientific committee (nominally by 30 April 2022) is a precondition for the next step.
  2. Uploading of the full paper to the Hangai site portion of the IASS 2022 website: After the abstract has been accepted (scheduled by 30 April), 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 30 June 2022. (Note that, 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.)
  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.
  4. The deadline for full paper acceptance is nominally 31 July 2022, although the results of the prize competition will probably need to be announced later than this paper-acceptance notification. Winners will be expected to present their contributions in a conferral ceremony at the IASS 2022 Symposium in August, 2022, and the winning papers will be published in the December 2022 issue of the Journal of the IASS.

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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