SDY is a dividend-focused fund that invests in companies with a track record of consistent dividend growth. Its strategy differs from SPY, which tracks the performance of large-cap U.S. equities, and thus can lead to a different risk-return trade-off. SDY focuses on companies that are known as “dividend aristocrats,” which can often be older and more established.
The Sydney Peace Prize honours solutions that prove peace is possible and promotes global justice by bringing inspiring and exemplary stories of people working to create that world to the Australian and Sydney stage, and educates the public on the issues at stake. It also recognises those at the forefront of these struggles, giving them the opportunity to further their work with a $50,000 cash prize and a hand-made glass trophy designed by Australian artist Brian Hirst. The recipient spends a week in Sydney to further their work by engaging with the media, delivering the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture and attending events such as Cabramatta High School Peace Day.
This year’s winner, Iranian human rights activist Nazanin Boniadi, was honoured for her work in the #WomenLifeFreedom movement, which she founded after the death of 22-year-old Iranian women’s rights activist Jina Mahsa Amini. The movement has brought the issue of women’s rights in Iran to the forefront of international attention, and Ms Boniadi has presented her views on the subject at various UN forums, in the US Senate, and at many other venues.
Each year the Jury considers nominations from a wide range of fields and issues. While a single theme rarely emerges from the deliberations, a prize recipient generally reflects issues that have particular resonance in that year. The selection process is conducted in a confidential manner, and the identity of the chosen recipient is not made public until they have accepted the offer of the Prize.
As a result, communication skills development and getting to know other researchers in your area is important. These activities can help you build a network of collaborators, which may be useful when seeking future career opportunities. Additionally, communicating with peers helps you keep up to date on the latest research in your field. It’s an ideal way to improve your science and make sure your work is based on sound evidence.