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Hangai Prize

In 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.

14th Hangai Prize, 2016: The next round of the Hangai Prize competition is for the IASS 2016 Symposium to be held in Tokyo, Japan, 26-30 September 2016, at the University of Tokyo, Professor Hangai's home institution.  The various deadlines -- for abstracts of intended entries and for full papers -- will be announced on the symposium website and on this page by the end of 2015.  General application instructions are detailed below; these will be updated as the specific deadlines are announced.


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 paper,
  3. submit an abstract to the Annual Symposium by the deadline set by the symposium organizing committee, and this abstract must be accepted, and
  4. if selected as a winner, attend the Symposium to present the paper and to receive the prize.

Presentation and Benefits

The Prizes are presented either during the Special Hangai Session or the Closing Ceremony of the Annual Symposium.  Each prize consists of:

(1) a certificate and medal,
(2) reduced fees for the symposium,
(3) a free one-year IASS membership, 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 membership. 

How to Apply for the 14th Hangai Prize, 2016

A prerequisite for entry in the competition is the submission of an abstract to the 2016 IASS symposium with the applicant as the first or sole author (deadline extended to 14 March 2016).  [The symposium organizers may request an indication of whether an abstract submission represents a potential candidate for the Hangai Prize.]  Upon acceptance of the abstract, the applicant is eligible to continue the process by uploading the full paper to both the Hangai Prize Committee and the symposium. 

To apply formally for the Hangai Prize, the full paper corresponding to the accepted abstract should be uploaded to the Hangai Prize Committee website by 30 April 2016 together with further application information requested by the committee.  The format and length for full papers must conform to the required template and restrictions for the symposium, which will be specified on the symposium website.  Applicants must also upload a copy of the full paper to the IASS 2016 symposium organizer by 31 May 2016, following the regular process to submit the papers to the symposium, that is, submission to the Hangai competition does not replace submission to the symposium.  (The full-paper deadline of the Hangai Prize is earlier than the that of the symposium because the careful selection process of the international contest requires more time.) 

The URL of the Hangai Prize online application page and uploading site is:



List of past recipients of Hangai Prize


[This page last updated 28 February 2016]

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