The Spallanzani Award may be awarded annually, as funds permit, to assist persons from outside North America (Mexico, Canada, and the United States) to attend the North American Symposium on Bat Research. In a single year, no more than one awardee may be appointed from any one of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean Islands (US affiliated islands eligible), Meso-America, South America, Oceania (including US affiliated islands), and Eastern Europe.

Lazzaro Spallanzani (10 January 1729 - 12 February 1799) was an Italian biologist and physiologist who made important contributions to the experimental study of bodily functions, animal reproduction, and essentially discovered echolocation. Spallanzani is famous for extensive experiments on bat navigation in complete darkness. He concluded that bats use sound and their ears for navigation in total darkness, though his study was limited to what he could observe. Spallanzani went through the senses one by one, trying to discover which one governed bats habits. Through the process of elimination, he found that plugging up the bats' ears rendered them directionless. Spallanzani's theory of echolocation wasn't explained until 1941, when Donald R. Griffin first described bat's sensitivity to sound waves.

Nominations

A Selection Committee of three to six NASBR members annually shall receive nominations, screen candidates, and select Spallanzani Fellows. The Committee will normally aim to select one to two fellows per year based on available funding.

Spallanzani Fellowships may be awarded:
1) As Senior Fellows for recognition of a career of distinction in research, education or conservation biology of bats that has contributed to the development of these activities in their country
2) As Fellows to persons of any age or career stage that show meritorious recent accomplishments that promote bat research, education, and/or conservation programs in their country.

A Fellow may receive this award one time and the award will be conferred only if the nominee agrees to attend the NASBR Annual Meeting with the amount of financial support that NASBR is able to offer. Spallanzani Fellows will present an oral paper that reports on, either an overview of a research and conservation program in the home country, or provide results of a specific research or conservation project or projects.

Nominations may be submitted to the Selection Committee by any NASBR member. Nominations announcement are typically made in the Spring of each year and are normally open until late March or early April (see announcement for actual deadline).
The nomination package should include:
- a detailed curriculum vitae
- a letter of support providing specific information
- the contributions of the nominee to bat research, education and/or conservation in the home country
- the potential for the nominee to deliver a high-quality presentation at the NASBR conference

The Spallanzani Committee may solicit one or more independent, confidential reviews of each candidate's nomination package from recognized international experts in bat research and conservation. For more information please contact the Spallanzani Award Chair, Erin Gillam.
Download the Nomination Guidelines.

Previous Recipients:

Pipat Soisook

Pipat Soisook
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Awarded 2016 in San Antonio, TX (NASBR 46)

Rubén Barquez

Rubén Barquez
University of Tucumán, Argentina

Awarded 2015 in Monterey, CA (NASBR 45)

Paul Webala

Paul Webala
Massai Mara University, Kenya

Awarded 2015 in Monterey, CA (NASBR 45)

Sigit Wiantoro

Sigit Wiantoro
Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia

Awarded 2014 in Albany, NY (NASBR 44)

G. Marimuthu

G. Marimuthu
Madurai Kamraj University, India

Awarded 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica (IBRC16/NASBR 43)

Luis Aguirre

Luis Aguirre
Centro de Biodiversidad y Genética, Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Bolivia

Awarded 2012 in San Juan, PR (NASBR 42)

Elena Godlevska

Elena Godlevska
Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, Ukraine

Awarded 2012 in San Juan, PR (NASBR 42)

Diego Tirira

Diego Tirira
Mamíferos & Conservation Foundation, Ecuador

Awarded 2012 in San Juan, PR (NASBR 42)

Emanuel Cristian Mora Macías

Emanuel Cristian Mora Macías
Havana University, Cuba

Awarded 2011 in Toronto, ON (NASBR 41)

Sara Bumrungsri

Sara Bumrungsri
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Awarded 2010 in Denver, CO (NASBR 40)

Pascual J. Soriano

Pascual J. Soriano
Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela

Awarded 2009 in Portland, Oregon (NASBR 39)

Robert Kityo

Robert Kityo
Makerere University, Uganda

Awarded 2008 in Scranton, PA (NASBR 38)

Lim Boo Liat

Lim Boo Liat
World Health Organization, Malaysia

Awarded 2007 in Merida, Mexico (NASBR 37)

Ara Monadjem

Ara Monadjem
University of Swaziland, Swaziland

Awarded 2007 in Merida, Mexico (NASBR 37)

Gilberto Silva Toboada

Gilberto Silva Toboada
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Cuba

Awarded 2007 in Merida, Mexico (NASBR 37)

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