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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 prematurely on February 14th 2013. Professor Gherardi was an outstanding, internationally-recognised researcher of crustacean behaviour and biology of invasive alien species. She taught zoology and conservation of natural resources at the University of Florence, and was about to be promoted to Full Professorship, which, alas, arrived too late. Her family and colleagues hope that younger researchers would benefit from her legacy.

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 2017

The Prize Winner 2017 for research in the field of Biology of Invasive Aquatic Animals is Dr Macarena Ros, postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biology, CASEM-Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Cádiz, Spain.

Link to the 2017 Memorial Event page...



The Francesca Gherardi Memorial Prize 2018


Will be awarded for the best research on Crustacean Behaviour

Applications for the 2018 Prize for research in Crustacean Behaviour are open to researchers under the age of 40, of all nationalities, lacking permanent positions.

The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2017.

Application Guidelines:

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.
Submissions in electronic format only are to be sent to:

 Prof. Felicita Scapini,

The winner gives a lecture on the subject of his/her research and receives the award at the annual memorial honouring Francesca Gherardi at the Department of Biology, University of Florence, in May 2018.

The award committee comprises the professors of zoology of the Department of Biology of University of Florence.

Previously awarded prizes

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

ultimo aggiornamento: 31-Mag-2017
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