An important part of selecting the prize winner of SEK 3 million for continued research toward a healthier Baltic Sea, is the nomination committee. One of the highly respected researchers in the committee is Professor Jan Marcin Węsławski from the Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences. The nomination period for Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris (Baltic Sea Prize) 2023 is open for nominations until May 15.
Professor Jan Marcin Węsławski, a distinguished marine scientist and expert in Baltic Sea research, is one out of five members of the nomination committee for Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris. The prize awards researchers or others who have made valuable contributions to the Baltic Sea’s environment.
– In my opinion, the major factors of the problems in the Baltic Sea are global warming, and consequent degasification of the sea (lack of oxygen), restructuring in food webs, freshening of the Baltic, and reduction of cold water populations (cod). Björn Carlson Östersjöpris can play an important role for further research to realize what can be done to slow the development and adapt to the new environment, and it is an honor to be a part of the nomination committee”, says Jan Marcin Węsławski.
Węsławski has conducted extensive research on the ecology and biodiversity of the Baltic Sea, including studies on marine ecosystems, climate change impacts, and conservation strategies. His work has been widely recognized and has earned him numerous awards for his contributions to marine science and conservation.
– In five years from now, I hope for improved river quality (southern Baltic), reduce of the industrial – residential pressure on the coastal zone, and that we have respected an Ecosystem Based Approach in fishery, says Węsławski.
The nomination period for Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris 2023 is open from 15 February to 15 May. Organizations, institutions, and individuals can send in nominations on the foundation’s website. Among the nominees, one winner will be appointed and receives SEK 3 million to continue their research for a healthier Baltic Sea.
This is the nomination committee of the Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris:
Professor Christina Rudén (Chairman), Department of Environmental Science, Stockholm University
Professor Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Director of Freshwater Centre
Professor Inna Sokolova, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Rostock
Professor Jan Marcin Węsławski, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
Marie Berglund, member the Björn Carlsons Östersjöstiftelse (BalticSea2020)