She is recognized for her leadership in international initiatives on biodiversity and global environmental change

13/07/2017 18:07
Sandra Díaz. Foto: Agència UNCiencia - UNC - Argentina

Sandra Díaz. Photo: Agencia UNCiencia - UNC - Argentina

The Jury of the Premi Ramon Margalef d’Ecologia grants the thirteenth award to Dr Sandra Díaz, a renowned Argentinian researcher who is an expert on the impact of global environmental change on plant biodiversity in regional ecosystems. Considered one of the world’s most influential scientists, the Jury has recognized her contribution to advances in fundamental ecology and refers to her as one of the world’s leading experts in the field. The award ceremony will be hold in autumn this year, in Barcelona.

Sandra Díaz earned a PhD in Biological Sciences (cum laude) in 1989 from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Since 1994, Díaz is professor at this University and a high researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Researches at the Institute for Multidisciplinary Plant Biology (IMBIV). 

As a driver of international research initiatives in the areas of biodiversity, global environmental change and ecosystems, Sandra Díaz has led groups of scientists from different countries and backgrounds. One of her greatest achievements, in conjunction with a small group of colleagues, was the development of TRY, the largest global database of functional plant traits ever compiled. She is the founder and director of Nucleus DiverSus, an interdisciplinary network for primary research and synthesis on biodiversity and sustainability, with an emphasis on Latin America and global projection.

Díaz has also received several national and international awards, as the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in which she worked.

Prize delivery

The Premi Ramon Margalef 2017 will be presented to Dr. Sandra Díaz on Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m., at the Palace of the Generalitat, in Barcelona. Also, on Monday October 23 will take place a scientific seminar at the School of Biology of the University of Barcelona, which will begin at 10 a.m. with an academic lecture by Dr. Díaz, followed by round tables that will be attended by other experts.

The Jury highlights her contribution to a greater understanding of biodiversity’s role in ecosystems