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The 2016 Division Outstanding Young Scientists Award of European Geosciences Union (EGU) is awarded to a Bangladeshi young scientist, Dr. Animesh Kumar Gain for his innovative contributions to the integrated assessment of flood risks and water scarcity, considering both physical and socioeconomic dimensions. The EGU is Europe’s premier geosciences union with over 12,500 scientists from all over the world, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences for the benefit of humanity worldwide. The EGU recognises scientific achievements made by an early career scientist through the Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award.
You can get more information about this EGU Award here: http://www.egu.eu/awards-medals/division-outstanding-young-scientists-award/2016/animesh-kumar-gain/
The most innovative aspect of Dr. Gain’s research lies on the integrated assessment of risks using participatory tools and spatial analysis. His work focuses on flood hazard and water scarcity, with special attention to the social and ecological vulnerabilities of systems exposed to the impacts of climate change. His studies have high relevance for supporting decision making and risk management. His research on natural hazards and risk covers a broad range of cross-cutting issues such as integrated water resources management, and water-energy-food security nexus. The results of his interdisciplinary research are reflected in more than 20 articles published in high-ranking peer reviewed journals. In these publications, he collaborated not only with his PhD supervisors, but also with scientists from different institutions of Europe and South Asia, which demonstrates his scientific maturity. He is a regular reviewer for various top-ranked journals in the broader fields of natural hazards and water resources management.
As Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world and floods and droughts are more frequent there, Dr. Gain’s research plays an important contribution to address these challenges. In order to solve these challenges and to support policies in Bangladesh, Dr Gain and his collaborators has already developed an international network on integrated water resources management, funded by Leverhulme Trust, UK (see detail here: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/research/projects/iwrm/).
Currently, Dr. Gain is a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and a guest scientist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience in Potsdam, Germany. Dr. Gain received his PhD from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. He obtained BSc degree from Khulna University and MSc from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. He is originally from Bangladesh. His birth place is in Koyra, Khulna (near Sundarbans). He is son of Nirapada Gain and Mira Debi Gain (who were school teacher).