E-SCoRe Award 2nd edition online ceremony: Dr. Mark D. Scherz announced the winner of this year!
This year's winner has been revealed during an informal public virtual event that gathered researchers and active protagonists of the CETAF community and colleagues from the broader scientific community. Michelle Price, our acting chair, gave the welcome words and highlighted the importance of the new generation of taxonomists in nature conservation and protection. This year, we're honoured to have also with us the guest speaker Luc Janssens de Bisthoven, coordinator of CeBios - Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development who shed light on capacity building and taxonomy in service of biodiversity research, conservation and sustainable development during a short presentation.
The ceremony hosted by the CETAF community was held the day before the International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated on 22 May.
As pointed out by Gila Kahila Bar-Gal (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), chair of the Evaluation Committee, who presented an overview of this year's submissions, the increasing number of applicants has shown a growing interest in natural science collections-based research and voices the significant knowledge and expertise setting the groundwork for policy changes.
The herpetofauna of Madagascar: a resourceful study for applying cutting-edge methods in systematics and integrative taxonomy
This year’s winner Dr Mark D. Sherz is a herpetologist specialising in the reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar. His work focuses on taxonomy, evolution, speciation, adaptation, ecology and conservation of these animals. He carries his research work within the Adaptive Genomics Group of the University of Potsdam (Germany).
His awarded study brings at the forefront cutting-edge methods in systematics applied to the herpetofauna of Madagascar and describes a new species of fish-scale gecko.
Congratulations to him and all the applicants who have made this edition an exceptional one!
Download his presentation to get more insight into his impressive work!
Early-career researchers, innovation and creativity at the core of a transformative change: envisioning the future of Natural Science Collections
The prize E-SCoRe stands for: Excellence in Scientific Collections-based Research and aims to support future generations of taxonomists.
The E-SCoRe Award voices the importance of taxonomy and natural science collections and the key role researchers play in providing science and society with the significant knowledge and expertise that sets the groundwork for policy changes. By celebrating the next generation of scientists, the E-SCoRe Award contributes not only to research career development in Europe but also raises awareness on the importance of natural science collections in policies and initiatives for nature conservation and protection.
E-SCoRe Award third Edition on its way! Stay tuned!