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Closing date approaches for environment prize

The initial closing date for the St Andrews Prize, an internationally acclaimed initiative aimed at finding new and inspiring ideas to help the environment, is fast approaching. Launched in September 2000, the annual initiative, which is co- sponsored by the University and international energy company Conoco, is offering $25,000, a medal and the encouragement of government, business and academic institutions in return for an innovative and original solution to an environmental problem. There will be additional awards, each of $5,000, for the runners-up.

Past winners of the Prize, which has previously attracted candidates from every corner of the globe, include a young South African mining engineer who is now developing environmental rehabilitation projects in areas badly affected by early mining technology and two Palestinian academics who aim to turn waste from olive oil production into valuable by-products.

Initial outline proposals should be submitted on a single sheet of paper with entries during the week commencing Monday 6 November. Applicants invited to make more detailed submissions will be asked to expand on their ideas in no more than 2,000 words by 5 February 2001. A small number of finalists will then be selected to take part in The St Andrews Prize seminar in St Andrews, Scotland, on 10 and 11 May 2001. In addition to presenting their ideas, the candidates will also participate in an important debate on environmental issues along with leading representatives of science, industry and government.

Further information can be obtained from The St Andrews Prize Office, External Relations, University of St Andrews, 82 North Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AL, Scotland (Telephone 01334 462161, Fax 01334 462590, E-mail prize@st- andrews.ac.uk) or via The St Andrews Prize website – http://www.thestandrewsprize.com.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st- andrews.ac.uk Ref: prize2001reminder/standrews/chg/1no v2000

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