ITC PhD Student Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hai Van wins EAGER Award
Ms. Nguyen Thi Hai Van’s research ”Multi-hazards risk assessment for an urbanized mountainous area in Vietnam, Implications for urban planning and design” has been awarded the EAGER award.
The Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) is an intergovernmental organization whose mission is to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of applied geoscience programmes in East and Southeast Asia. CCOP has eleven member countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It is supported by fourteen cooperating countries namely Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America.
International Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA) has a formal agreement with CCOP that the GSA Foundation provides up to $5,000 annually from the East Asian Geoscience and Environmental Research (EAGER) Fund (established in 2003 with personal contribution by Dr Rick Terman, CCOP Honorary Advisor) as a grant to a PhD candidate selected by the host country of the CCOP Annual Session.
This year, the CCOP Technical Secretariat, in cooperation with the Government of Vietnam through PETROVIETNAM and the Department of Geology and Mineral Resources of Vietnam organize the 46th CCOP Annual Session and the 54th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting on 18-23 & 24-25 October 2009 respectively in Vungtau City, Vietnam. For this ocassion, Vietnam has right to proposed up to five candidates in the final list to Chairman Advisory Group for rankings and recommending the final grant(s) to GSA and CCOP.
Among five canditates, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hai Van, have been working for the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, and currently doing a sandwich PhD program at the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) The Netherland, was selected for the EAGER Award. With a research proposal entitled "Multi-hazards risk assessment for an urbanized mountainous area in Vietnam. Implications for Urban Planning and Design" was evaluated with highest rank for granting EAGER Award.
The award ceremony took place during the 46th CCOP Annual Session and the 54th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting. The research of Mrs. Van already attracted a lot of attention of government and academics in Vietnam and is now also in the forefront of attention of scientists in Asia. Her supervisors Professor Victor Jetten and Dr. Dinand Alkema of ITC and Professor Tran Tan Van of the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR) can be very proud of her.
Dr. Joseph L.J. de Sonneville, Vice-Chairman of CCOP Advisory Group and Director International Affairs of the Dutch Institute Deltares handed over the certificate to Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hai Van. The award is an enormous motivation to continue with this very needed and interesting research and to assist Vietnam in their Climate Change Adaptation strategy.