European Science Awards 2007:
Norwegian winner of Descartes Prize
The Norwegian Polar Institute was among the winners honoured at the EU's European Science Awards 2007 presentation in Brussels on 12 March.
The European Science Awards are considered Europe's most prestigious research prizes.
Prize to European project for ice core drilling
The Norwegian Polar Institute is a key partner in EPICA - the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica. The Institute contributes with expertise in both deep ice core research and glaciology.
"The EPICA project is one of the most important climate projects of our time," explains Norwegian Polar Institute glaciologist Elisabeth Isaksson, who heads Norway's participation in EPICA "This project enables researchers and students to conduct vital climate-related research as part of a diverse international group. The recognition that the Descartes Prize brings will serve to further intensify this close research collaboration."
The EPICA project is one of the European Science Foundation's most successful and longest running Research Networking Programmes. Very appropriately, the Descartes Prize was awarded to the project during the International Polar Year (IPY), which lasts from March 2007 to March 2009.
Three prize categories of European Science Awards
The European Science Awards are presented for three categories. First, the Descartes Prize for Transnational Collaborative Research is given to international research teams that achieve exceptional breakthroughs as a result of collaborative work. This year featured three prize-winners in this category, each with a long tenure of participation in the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development.
The other two prize categories are the Prize for Science Communication, awarded for excellence in disseminating research to the public and especially children, and the Marie Curie Awards, which reward the best examples of researcher mobility.
The Norwegian Polar InstituteVisit the website of the Norwegian Polar Institute.
The European Science AwardsRead more about the European Science Awards.
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