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2019, Christine Bacon

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Christine Bacon’s research advances our understanding of plant systematics and its evolution by demonstrating macroevolutionary patterns in the diversity of species in tropical rainforests. Systematic biology and research into biodiversity will continue to be a driving force in finding solutions to the mass extinction of species, which requires knowledge on many levels, including ecosystems, diversity of species and genetic variation. Christine Bacon’s research aims to categorise the status of the threat to species and enable their protection through national and international legislation, and is thus of global benefit for conservation biology. She is developing and integrating automated tools for conservation analyses through robust new molecular methods. As such, Christine Bacon has contributed to the vitality into biodiversity research at the University of Gothenburg.

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2018, Anna Godhe

Department of Marine Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Anna Godhe is a marine ecologist with specific expertise and research interests in the molecular ecology of phytoplankton. Her pioneering research brings together conventional disciplines in widely differing research projects, together with national and international colleagues from vastly differing disciplines. Anna Godhe has discovered and uses a system where she can revive diatoms to life from sediment that is several hundreds of years old. This makes it possible to study both currently living and very old individuals of the same species from the same place and to compare them to discover how the environment and climate have impacted them. Anna Godhe has created a dynamic and successful research environment around this approach.

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2017, Rebecka Jörnsten

Department of Mathematics

Rebecka JörnstenMotivation for the award:

Rebecka Jörnsten is a biostatistician who works across the entire field from basic statistical theory and method development to applications in close collaboration with medical scientists and biologists. She deserves much of the credit for introducing the new big data paradigm in the previously more traditionally-oriented mathematical statistics environment in Gothenburg. In this way she has had a crucial vitalizing effect on this research environment. She has made significant contributions to the theory of large scale modeling, dimensional reduction, variable selection and network methodology, as well as to applications in bioinformatics, cancer research and systems biology.

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2016, Orsola Tommasi

Department of Mathematics 

Motivation for the award:

"Orsola Tommasi works in the field of algebraic geometry and specialises in the study of so-called moduli spaces. She has made relevant and well-recognised contributions in a research field of central importance in modern number theory and theoretical physics. By providing counterexamples to fundamental assumptions, her research stretches the frontier to the unknown within mathematical theory. In this way she has established herself as a first-class mathematician. Orsola Tommasi is outgoing, has broad interests and contributes through her knowledge to fruitful collaborations and the development of research in her own and adjacent fields."

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2015, Alexandre Antonelli

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Alexandre Antonelli is a leading researcher who has built up a new interdisciplinary research area at the Faculty of Science: Evolutionary biogeography. He has quickly established a strong and creative platform through his broad networks and international recruitments, where he combines advanced technology, large amounts of data and development of methodology. The result is excellent publications, prestigious grants and visibility in the media. Alexandre Antonelli combines the ability to collaborate and inspire with innovative research of the highest quality in a very impressive way."

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2014, Sam Dupont

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Sam Dupont is a leading researcher in a very urgent research area: how marine species and ecosystems are affected by global warming and ocean acidification caused by high carbon dioxide levels. With independence, accuracy, integrity and excellence, he has contributed to basic understanding of these complex issues.

He has also renewed the laboratory operations at Kristineberg by developing the Ocean acidification laboratory."

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2013, Sofia Thorsson

Department of Earth Sciences

Motivation for the award:

"Sofia Thorsson's research on urban climate contributes to renewal within the Faculty of Science. This is especially true in her close collaboration with psychologists, medical practitioners and logistics, which has given knowledge about links between weather, well-being, health and mobility. Sofia is a great research leader - she is innovative and successful in collaborations within and outside the academy and has an excellent ability to receive external funding in fierce competition."

2012, Göran Hilmersson

Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2011, Johan Åkerman

Department of Physics

2010, Richard Neutze

Department of Chemistry

2009, Hans Linderholm

Department of Earth Sciences

2008, Henrik Pavia

Departmen of Marine ecology


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