WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award

WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award

To encourage early-career scientists to contribute to soil and water conservation in the world, the WASWAC has held the WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (YOPA) 4 times since 2015. Together with the WASWAC 4th International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC), which will be held from September 21 to 24, 2024 in Shenyang, China. The application for the award is open from now.

This award will be presented to early-career scientists of outstanding research papers on soil and water conservation. The award consists of a Certificate from the WASWAC and a $1000 (USD) honorarium financially supported by the Beijing Datum Technology Company. In the case of multi-author papers, the award will be presented only to the first author.

Award Committee


Duihu Ning (World Association of Soil and Water Conservation)

Haoming Fan (Shenyang Agricultural University)

Mingchang Shi (Beijing Forest University, Datum Company)


Standing Secretary: Paige Chyu (World Association of Soil and Water Conservation)

Secretary on Duty: Huazheng Liu (Shenyang Agricultural University)

Previous YOPA


  • The first author of the manuscript should be in their early career in  research. In principle, preference will be given to scientists who are not beyond 40 years old by December 31, 2024.       

  • The papers should have creativity and originality, as reflected in new insights, interpretations, facts, innovations, methods, or applications.

  • The papers should be written in English and should be clear, concise,  comprehensible, and jargon-free, such that the papers are easy to read and understand.

  • The papers submitted for consideration for the evaluation should not have been previously published, and the authors should submit the paper with an oral presentation at the 4th International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC).

  • The authors of the selected papers should agree to submit the papers to the International Soil and Water Conservation Research (ISWCR) which is the official journal of WASWAC and SCIE indexed (IF6.4) (http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/international-soil-and-water-conservation-research/). The final publication will be decided by peer reviewing following the journal’s publishing procedures and rules.

  • The previous awardees in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2021 are ineligible for this evaluation.


  • Application: The author should submit the abstract along with the application form by April 15, 2024. The full paper must be submitted on or before May 15, 2024.Appendix 1.doc

  • Nomination and Peer-review Process: The Award Committee will screen and nominate the research papers that will undergo the peer-review process by the experts.

  • Evaluation and Selection: Based on the results of the peer-review process, the Evaluation Committee will  select the Outstanding Youth Paper Awardees.

Significant Dates

  • Submission of Application Form and Abstract: April 15, 2024

  • Submission of Full Paper: May 15, 2024

  • Nomination Announcement: July 15, 2024

  • Final Awardees Announcement: September, 2024

Application procedure

Send your application form with abstract/full paper to the application directly to: 

waswac-yopa@foxmail.comand copy to: IYFSWC_4th@syau.edu.cn

or apply online at https://forms.office.com/r/v2VVQJCNFw

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Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
April 15, 2024
YOPA Full Paper Submission Deadline
May 15, 2024
Conference Date
Sept. 21-24, 2024

Contact Us

Pengfei Du
MOBILE: +86-189 1106 8656
EMAIL: waswac@foxmail.com
WECHAT: 189 1106 8656
Donghao Huang
MOBILE: +86-188 1065 2022
EMAIL: IYFSWC_4th@syau.edu.cn
WECHAT: 188 1065 2022