Competition Winners

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26th March 2012.

MethaneNet is delighted to announce TWO winners of the prize for ‘Best Contribution. They are (in alphabetic order):

Euan Monaghan and Mike Peacock.

Each winner is awarded a prize worth £350, to be claimed against costs of presenting their methane-related research at a future conference.

The competition was judged by Elaine Matthews (NASA GISS) and David Reay  (University of Edinburgh), who commended the winning entries as follows:

Ditch blocking in a Welsh peatland, by Mike Peacock (Bangor University).

Very well-written; good explanation of history and context; interesting analysis of early results and of how future impacts will play out given longer observational record.”

The search continues for methane on Mars, by Euan Monaghan (Open University).

“Very well written and accessible. This intriguing blog summarises the scientific context and questions clearly and succinctly – it was very informative and left me wanting to know even more.”

MethaneNet would like to thank all those who entered the competition and have contributed to the website to date, and to remind our registered users that your contributions are welcome at any time. Please contact us ( if you have ideas for new methane-related website content.

Photos of Euan (left) and Mike (right) provided by the winners.

MethaneNet Competition Announcement

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13th January 2011.

Competition Announcement: Best Contribution Prize

We are seeking new contributions for this website from early career methane researchers.

All items posted on this website by an early career researcher* between now and 20th December 2011 can be entered into our competition and eligible for one of our ‘Best MethaneNet Contributor’ prizes, each worth £350 of costs towards attending a MethaneNet or other event where you will be presenting your research.

The website items can be in the form of a news stories, blogs or group postings. The judging will be based on the researcher’s overall contribution to the website over the time period. Creative and web-friendly approaches to communicating your methane story (use of images, videos etc.), and serial entries (e.g. blog posts) are particularly encouraged. You can tell us about your own research or relate experiences of field or lab work. You may want to highlight other recent research developments and their broader significance.  You may have ideas you want to share about the direction of future methane-related research. You should keep in mind that the target audience on will have an interest in some aspect of methane research, but will not necessarily be familiar with your own discipline. The exact format and length of your contribution(s) are for you to decide. Posting content on the site is easy (use the ‘Create Content’ function in the homepage profile box to the right of the map when logged in) but do get in touch with us at if you have any difficulty.

How to Enter:

In order to enter the competition you will need to register a profile as a user on, post your entry(s) on the website and send an email to by the 20th December 2011 to inform us that you wish to be considered for the prize, together with an email from your supervisor to confirm that you meet our definition* of an ‘early career researcher’.  Your email should contain links to the item(s) you wish to be considered in the competition.

Two prizes, each worth £350, will be awarded. One will be for best overall contribution in any form, and the other for best use of new media. The prize can be claimed against costs (e.g. travel, registration) to a future conference at which you will be presenting your methane-related research.

The winner of the competition will be announced on in early 2012.

The competition will be judged by the MethaneNet leadership team, and their decision will be final.  The main criteria on which the entries will be judged will be interest, clarity, relevance and creativity.

The contest is open to entrants from around the world, but must be in the English language.

The administrators of will remove any inappropriate material submitted to the website.

*An ‘early career researcher’ is defined for the purposes of this competition as a postgraduate research student, or a researcher who is either 1) working on their PhD, 2) has gained their doctorate in the previous 5 years and is yet to gain a permanent faculty position, and who is involved in some aspect of methane-related research.