The Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp and the Royal Belgian Zoological Society annually award a scientific award for the best Belgian master thesis presentation in Zoology. The Jacques Kets Award was first installed in 1953 by the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp to arouse the love for nature in young people and to encourage them to pursue a career in natural sciences.
The award was named after Jacques Kets, a naturalist and taxidermist from Antwerp who in 1843 became the first director of the newly established Antwerp Zoo. In 2007 the Jacques Kets Award was modified into a booster grant to give promising Masters students the opportunity to build upon their achievements, to stimulate them to pursue an academic career in zoology, and give them a head start in building a professional network.
Since last year, the presentation of the Jacques Kets Award is linked to the Biology Master Day.
Keep an eye on ZOOscience.be if you want to take part in 2019. Applications may be submitted between 1 June and 30 September.