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.


2017 Prize

Applications for the 2017 prize for research in the field of the Biology of Invasive Animals are open to researchers under 40, of all nationalities, lacking permanent positions.


The closing date for submissions is 30 November 2016.


Application Guidelines


Submissions in electronic format only are to be sent to


Prof. Felicita Scapini
Department of Biology - University of Florence,
Via Romana 17, 50125 - Italy


The application [in English] should include a CV, three articles published in peer-reviewed journals, a letter attesting that the applicant holds no permanent research or teaching position, and a copy of his/her identity card.


The selected researcher (prize winner) will receive the award at the Department of Biology, University of Florence on occasion of a memorial event in honour of Francesca Gherardi in May 2017. The awarded researcher will present his/her research on that occasion.


The Award Committee is headed by Prof. Felicita Scapini, assisted by the zoologists of the Department of Biology, University of Florence.

Previously awarded prizes




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