The Lars H. Backer prize in memoriam of Lars H. Backer will be awarded for major contributions to the development of a geospatial foundation for official statistics or for significantly improving the relevance of geospatial statistics for evidenced-based decision making.
Relevant activities include eminent work for the development of geospatial statistics, improving the access to geospatial information for statisticians, preparing relevant ground-breaking legislation, conducting high quality research on territorial development using geospatial statistics, development of innovative tools and software, or major achievements in training and education on creating and using geospatial statistics.

Candidacy Criteria
Both individuals and organisations are eligible.

Process of Nomination and Selection
Deadline for nominations is the 31st of August. A nomination is considered valid if it is submitted by National Statistical Institutes, National Mapping Authorities or their employees.
The Steering Committee of the European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS) is responsible for the selection of eligible candidates and the choice of the Lars H. Backer Prize Laureate.
The prize will be presented at the 2016 EFGS conference that will take place from 15 to 17 November 2016 in Paris.

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