A work on the recovery of marine biodiversity, awarded the City of Barcelona Prize for Environmental and Earth Sciences
It is called Post-extinction recovery of the Phanerozoic oceans and biodiversity hotspots, and the jury valued the integration of different disciplines in a new conceptual model.
The jury, made up of Esther Garcés (president), Paula Bruna, Marina Monsonís, Santiago Giralt and Valentí Sallarès, has agreed by majority to award the Ciutat de Barcelona Award for Environmental and Earth Sciences to the researcher Pedro Cermeño and the researcher Carmen García-Comas of the Institute of Marine Sciences CSIC, for the work Post-extinction recovery of the Phanerozoic oceans and biodiversity hotspots. The work proposes a paradigm shift in the knowledge of the evolution and recovery of marine biodiversity after the extinctions of the last 500 million years. The integration of different disciplines in a new conceptual model was particularly valued. The jury also awarded a special mention to researchers Aljoša Slameršak and Giorgos Kallis, from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), for their work Energy requirements and carbon emissions for a low-carbon energy transition, for its socio-economic and political implications and scientific commitment to the energy transition in the context of global change.
The Ciutat de Barcelona 2022 Award for Experimental Sciences and Technology has also been announced. In this category, the jury, made up of Sergi Jordà (president), Ulises Cortés, Oyidiya Oji, M. Pau Ginebra and Pep Vidal agreed by majority to award it to the researcher Marta Villegas, from the Life Sciences - Text Mining group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, for the construction and development of the natural language processing models for Catalan and Spanish, AINA and MarIA, respectively, which represent a decisive step in the preservation of the linguistic heritage of both languages in the Internet space, as well as a breakthrough in language technologies.
As for the Ciutat de Barcelona 2022 Award in the Life Sciences category, the jury made up of Anna Janic (president), Jens Lüder, Elena Martínez-Fraiz, Guido Ramellini and Irene Lapuente awarded it to Dr. Elvan Böke, for the work entitled Oocytes maintain ROS-free mitochondrial metabolism by suppressing complex I, published in the journal Nature. The jury highlights her contribution to the fundamental knowledge of cell biology and its impact on research into female fertility, which opens up new avenues of research in different fields. Also, the originality and solidity of the research.
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