The French foundation for scientific foundation Agropolis Fondation will award Malassis Prize to two top-notch scientists during the 2nd Global Conference on Agricultural Development (GCARD2) 29 October in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Created in 2009, the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food aims to recognize the exemplary contribution of scientists in the field as well as to inspire young promising researchers to work towards excellent science in the service of society.
The first award is the “Distinguished Scientist Prize” which is to be given to a senior scientist with at least 15 years of professional experience. The second award is the “Young Promising Scientist Prize” which is handed to a junior scientist with at least five years of professional experience. Each awardee receives a certificate and €20,000.
“As in its first edition in 3010, this year’s Malassis Prize is to be given during the GCARD. For us, it is important that the Prize is conferred during this biennial gathering of stakeholders in agricultural research for development from around the world. GCARD provides the space for people to consult and debate on issues confronting the sector. It is also a venue where ideas and recommendations to address food security, poverty alleviation and natural resources management through socially relevant research are shared. It is thus natural that the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize is conferred during GCARD, an ideal platform to recognize and encourage the efforts of distinguished and promising scientists,” explains Anne-Lucie Wack, director of Agropolis Fondation.
Every other year, Agropolis Fondation launches a Call for Nominations. Candidates are evaluated and selected based on the scientific excellence, impact of their contribution to sustainable development, and quality of partnerships they have developed and established, notably with the civil society.
In 2010, the Distinguished Scientist Prize was awarded to Dr. Ken Sayre, Regional Agronomist for Asia of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). The Young Promising Scientist Prize was conferred to Dr. Silvia Restrepo, a plant pathologist and associate professor from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá.
An independent jury composed of internationally recognized individuals is appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Agropolis Fondation. This group deliberates and selects the winner in each category. As in 2010, this year’s jury is chaired by Dr. Guido Gryseels, Director-General of the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
The Prize is a tribute to Professor Malassis, a French agronomist, agro-economist and ardent supporter of farmers’ causes. In 1986, he founded Agropolis, an international campus based in Montpellier which brings together research organizations and institutes for higher learning in agriculture. Today, this campus is home to one of the world’s largest concentration of scientific skills and expertise in agriculture, food and environment.
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