How to Apply

Be part of the solution!

If you have an innovation or an idea about sustainable crop protection, you can apply! We are now waiting to accept submissions from you, the next generation of plant protection leaders who have an innovation or idea they want to promote. Fifty (50) will be selected and fully sponsored to come to the IUPAC International Congress and the Next Generation Agri Summit in Ghent, Belgium.

What is being offered?

  1. IUPAC 2019 is offering 50 sponsored places to the next generation of leaders in crop protection to participate in the four-day Agri Summit in Ghent, Belgium (19-23 May 2019) and link with the IUPAC International Congress.
  2. From the Next Generation Agri-Summit applications we want to select up to five N-GAGE champions and provide seed funding (€5,000) to facilitate the startup of their innovation or project idea in crop protection. For one year (May 2019-May 2020), we will mentor these young innovators within their innovation/idea, linking them with seasoned researchers and practitioners and integrating them in other agricultural youth networks and organizations. Training on new ways to advocate and network using innovative communication tools will be provided.

Application process

Announcement of the contest and application process will be on the IUPAC Next Generation website, as well as available on other relevant site (e.g. Youth Opportunities, IAAS, CropLife International blog, IUPAC 2019 Ghent Latest News, GFAR and YPARD).

Applications need to be sent by email to iupacnextgenerationprogram(at)gmail.com and then will be screened by Next Generation Programme Coordination team to ensure requirements for the contest have been met.

Applications will be processed and posted online to the IUPAC Next Generation website. Your application will be confirmed and once it is online, we will send you the link to your submission blogpost by email.  Once your application is online boost its reach by summarizing your application in a single tweet or instagram post using the #iupacNextGen.

Application details

  • Expectations from those that apply, and are chosen, is that they will participate fully in the Next Generation Agri Summit. They will attend and engage in the programme, make new connections, ask questions and bring an open mind.
  • Applicants must be between 18 and 40 years of age and either currently enrolled in an agricultural educational institution or have recently graduated in the past two years.
  • Those applying will be asked to submit their application by email iupacnextgenerationprogram(at)gmail.com as an attachment written in MS Word or any other text editor. Applications can be in English or French. Be aware that the IUPAC 2019 Congress and the Next Generation Agri Summit are in English so applicants must be comfortable in talking and understanding English.
  • The application must be no more than 2 pages and be written in a story-telling format (as if it were a blogpost).
  • The story must be accompanied by no more than 2 illustrations, photos or videos that is the copyright of the applicant. Include picture credentials in your application. Pictures/videos should be attached to the submission email – and sent as separate attachments.
  • No fancy formatting or structuring in the text.

How can you apply?

It’s Simple – Just one email

And its Complex – in the one email will need to condense everything to 1-2 pages in an application that is complete and compelling. Illustrations, videos and photos are to be submitted as separate files attached to the email.

You  need to submit application by email to iupacnextgenerationprogram(at)gmail.com.

The application and accompanying photo or video  will then be screened and published on the IUPAC Next Generation website. Your application will be confirmed and once it is online, we will send you the link to your submission blogpost by email.

Once your application is online boost its reach by summarizing your application in a single tweet or instagram post using the #iupacNextGen.

What does the application need to include?

Who are you?

Provide full name, country of citizenship, country of residence, telephone, primary and secondary email, birthdate, name and location of educational institution where you are currently enrolled or recently graduated from.
To apply you must be between 18 and 40 years of age and either currently enrolled in an agricultural educational institution or have recently graduated in the past two years.

What is your innovation or idea for sustainable crop protection?  

Perhaps you are working on a specific project or innovation right now? Or maybe you have an idea you want to take forward and need start-up funding. Or perhaps you simply have a bright idea about the future of sustainable crop protection that you want to share.

Describe your innovation, project or idea for sustainable crop protection: What do you want to do to achieve more innovative practices and approaches in sustainable crop protection? How do you want to do it? Show it is realistic and sustainable. We’d also like to know if your innovation or idea would have a socio-economic impact.

How do you want to do it?

  • What are the steps you intend to take to develop your innovation or idea in sustainable crop protection? Show it is realistic, has a well-structured time horizon and is sustainable.
  • Who are, or could be, the key stakeholders and beneficiaries?
    Have you done something yet to get your innovation or idea started? If you have, describe what you’ve done.
  • Do you have proposed outcomes for your innovation or idea? What are they? How could you measure your success?
  • Explain how your innovation or idea will have a positive social impact (e.g. increasing knowledge, generating employment, eradicating poverty or developing skills)?

Why are you passionate about the innovation or idea you are proposing?

  • What motivates you to do try this out?
  • What are the gains for you and your community and/or society?

Submit your application (text file, illustrations) to iupacnextgenerationprogram(at)gmail.com. Your application will be confirmed and once it is online, we will send you the link to your submission blogpost by email.

Once your application is online boost its reach by summarizing your application in a single tweet or instagram post using the #iupacNextGen.

Which ideas and innovations are eligible?

This section is super important! Read it carefully and integrate it into your application.

  • No idea is a bad idea! If you have been thinking about the future of crop protection, we want to hear your ideas!
  • Your innovation or idea may be for a practical solution that you are already working on, or it may be aspirational – we want to encourage your ‘blue sky’ thinking.    
  • Your innovation or idea must be related to sustainable crop protection. This could include, but is not limited to, topics such as integrated pest management, organic crop protection, nano- and biotechnology, synthetic crop protection, precision farming, use of satellites, drones or other technology, nutrition, waste, forecasting, integrated systems, knowledge transfer, creating public awareness and policy changes.
  • Your innovation or idea must be sustainable (let’s not ruin the earth while trying to feed the planet).

As an N-GAGE winner you will receive  €5,000 of seed funding, and 12 months of mentorship/coaching and training from a team of N-GAGE supporters and partners. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your innovation or project idea by assisting with aspects such as business strategy, M&E, technical design, communication.

If you want to an N-GAGE champion add to your application and tell us how….

  • Your innovation or project idea has to make a difference. If you are successful in becoming an N-GAGE champion your project must not have to wait for another €20,000 to come in before you can start;
  • Your innovation or project idea must be practical, realistic and hands-on;
  • Your innovation or project idea must show self-sustainability and it has to be sustainable (let’s not ruin the earth while trying to feed the planet);
  • Your innovation or project idea should show concrete results or at least tangible outputs within one year;

Applicants must be between 18 and 40 years of age and either currently enrolled in an agricultural educational institution or have recently graduated in the past two years.

Is this a competition?

It sure is! Each submission will be an individual post on our blog. The winners will be determined in two steps:

First selection – public voting by online public. Top submissions are based on “likes”, comments and views. First selection score = (5* #comments) + (2* #likes) + (2* #retweets) = (#views).  

Final selection – Based on the top 50 identified in the first selection, a panel of judges will decide on the 50 to come to the Next Generation Agri Summit as well as up to five N-GAGE winners.