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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 2019

The Prize Winner 2019 for research in the field of Animal Invasions in Inland Waters is Dr Kate Mathers, Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), Switzerland.


Dr Kate Mathers 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 del Proconsolo 12, Firenze on 30th May 2019, at 4 p.m.


In this occasion Dr Kate Mathers will present her research:

"Invasive species: the importance of environmental controls"


Prof. Giuliana Parisi, University of Florence, will present a memory of Francesca and her researches in the field of aquaculture:
"Io e Francesca: l’incontro di due mondi diversi".


Download the flyer of the event / Scarica la locandina dell'evento


The Award Committee: Prof. Felicita Scapini, Prof. Marco Vannini and Prof. Bella Galil.

Previously awarded prizes

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


ultimo aggiornamento: 17-Mag-2019
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