Francesca Gherardi Memorial Prize

Francesca Gherardi

Francesca Gherardi

The Francesca Gherardi Memorial Prize of 5,000 Euro is an annual award, given by the Department of Biology, University of Florence, Italy, to a young researcher who demonstrates outstanding ability in the fields of Crustacean Behaviour and/or Invasion Biology.

The late Professor Francesca Gherardi passed away suddenly on February 14th 2013. Before her death, she had been in the process of conducting outstanding, internationally recognised research on Crustacean Behaviour and the Biology of Invasive Alien Species. She taught Zoology and the Conservation of Natural Resources at the University of Florence, and deserved the title of Full Professor, which unfortunately arrived too late. Her friends' hope is that the research she began will continue, and that her name and friendly, enthusiastic personality can serve as an example to young researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers.

The prize money is donated by the Gherardi family in memory of their beloved relative. The prize commemorates Prof. Dr Francesca Gherardi, and is in recognition of the fine example that she set for young scientists.


The Francesca Gherardi Memorial Prize 2016

The Prize Winner 2016 for research in the field of Crustacean Behaviour is Dr Stefan Dennenmoser, postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany.


Dr Stefan Dennenmoser will receive the award at the Department of Biology, University of Florence, on occasion of the memorial event in honour of Francesca Gherardi. The event will take place in the auditorium (aula 1) of via Romana 17, Firenze on 12th May 2016, at 3 p.m. In this occasion Dr Stefan Dennenmoser will present his research:


"The design of a beautiful weapon: resolving the paradox of the weakening combatant in fiddler crabs"


Prof. Marco Vannini and Dr Elena Tricarico will talk about the pioneer work of Francesca in the field of crustacean behaviour.


The Award Committee is headed by Prof. Felicita Scapini, assisted by Prof. Bella Galil, Prof. Marco Vannini, Prof. Alberto Ugolini and the zoologists of the Department of Biology, University of Florence.

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