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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.

15th Hangai Prize, 2017: The next round of the Hangai Prize competition is for the IASS 2017 Symposium to be held in Hamburg, Germany, 25-28 September 2017, at HafenCity University, Hamburg's university of the built environment and metropolitan development.  General application instructions are detailed below, including the specific deadlines.  Please note that the deadline for the full paper submission to the Hangai Prize Committee is earlier than the deadline for submission of the same full paper to the IASS 2017 Symposium.


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 15th Hangai Prize, 2017

A prerequisite for entry in the competition is the submission of an abstract to the 2017 IASS symposium with the applicant as the first or sole author (final deadline EXTENDED to 1 February 2017).  [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 (announcement scheduled for 15 February), 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 online application and uploading website by 31 March 2017 together with further application information requested by the committee.  The format and length limit for full papers must conform to the required template and restrictions for the symposium, which are specified on the symposium website.
Applicants must also upload a copy of the full paper to the IASS 2017 symposium organizer by the extended deadline of 30 April 2017, 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 set earlier than the that of the symposium because the careful selection process of the international contest requires considerable time.)
Note from the IASS 2017 Organizing Committee: "The [Hangai] awardees get a free ticket for the IASS 2017."

The Hangai Prize online application page and uploading website is on the EasyChair platform with the following URL:
Applicants will need to log in to EasyChair to obtain access to the Hangai site. However, in accordance with the above deadline, this site was closed on 1 April 2017.


List of past recipients of the Hangai Prize


[This page last updated 8 April 2017]

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