Wolfgang Haider

Memorial Award for Student Travel

During the WRFC in 2017 in Canada the Wolfgang Haider Memorial Award for Student Travel was launched. On this page you can find all info about how to..

All granted students for WRFC 9 have already been informed in 2020.

Wolfgang Haider Memorial Award


Dr. Wolfgang Haider spent a career emphasizing the importance of incorporating human dimensions research into fisheries management and fisheries science. Through his positions with both the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Canada, he led and collaborated on research projects focused on understanding novel ways to predict and model anglers’ decisions about where, when, and how often to fish. These efforts, in conjunction with those of his colleagues and students, have encouraged increasing interest into interdisciplinary projects in fisheries management and have shaped fisheries management policy and planning activities.

This legacy award was established by the 2017 World Recreational Fishing Conference hosts, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, in collaboration with Wolfgang’s colleagues, in recognition of Dr. Haider’s significant and lasting contribution.  The bursary fund is intended as an investment to continue Dr. Haider’s vision into the future, providing deserving graduate students with the opportunity to participate in the next WRFC.

Who is eligible?

All graduate students registered in a recognized university and presenting either an oral presentation or poster at the World Recreational Fishing Conference are eligible to receive the award. Priority will be given to students whose presentations focus on human dimensions and/or social-ecological system-related research, specifically where clear links for managing recreational fisheries are demonstrated in the research they are presenting.

For student travel

All awards were granted in February 2020


How much can be expected?

$10,000 CAN will be available for WRFC9: $2,000 CAN for students traveling from outside Europe, $1,000 for students traveling within Europe. The organizing committee will determine how many bursaries can be awarded; however, priority will be determined based on merit of the student application.

Our evaluation criteria:

  • Presentation format (oral paper is generally considered superior to poster);
  • Priority on human dimensions-related research that emphasizes an understanding of recreational fishers behaviours and/or connections of behaviours within fisheries;
  • Priority for presentations that focus on topics with a clear management implication

To apply:

Interested applicants may submit either a short essay or brief audio visual presentation that outlines your career aspirations and how your experience, interests and chosen educational program will benefit recreational fisheries upon your graduation. Also outline how you would benefit from receiving this bursary and attending the World Recreational Fishing Conference. An essay submission must be less than 500 words or an audio visual presentation under five minutes.


Your application must also include a copy of your resumé, the names and contact information of three references, including at least one academic and/or faculty member reference.

Email your application to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC: fish@gofishbc.com

Subject Line: Wolfgang Haider Memorial Application

Deadline was: January 20, 2020

All awards were granted in February 2020

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