The Björn Carlsons Östersjöpris of SEK 3 million has been awarded at the Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen in Stockholm. The 2022 prize winner, professor Maren Maren Voss from the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), recieved the prize from the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria during an award ceremony on Friday 3 June. In the subsequent ceremonial lecture attended by around 60 guests, among them Bo Lehander, Chairman of the board at the Björn Carlsons Östersjöstiftelse, and John Brattmyhr, CEO of Skansen.
“I was very surprised and also somewhat overwhelmed when I received the news of this great honour. I am very pleased that the prize has brought the Baltic Sea’s nitrogen issue into the public focus it deserves,” said Maren Voss on the occasion of the award ceremony.
Professor Maren Voss is being awarded the prize for her groundbreaking research on the importance of marine nitrogen, particularly in the Baltic Sea. Excerpt from the jury’s motivation: Professor Voss realised early on that nitrogen plays a vital role in Baltic eutrophication and has used advanced isotope analyses to map the transformation processes and sources of nitrogen in the Sea. Her research has increased the focus on nitrogen in efforts to counteract Baltic Sea eutrophication. Rear more about the 2022 prize winner here.
Professor Maren Voss is the first recipient of the Björn Carlson Baltic Sea Prize, which is awarded by the Björn Carlson Baltic Sea Foundation. With the award, the foundation wants to increase interest in the Baltic Sea and inspire commitment to and continuation of existing efforts to ensure a healthier Baltic Sea.
Contact details of the Prize Recipient:
Prof. Dr. Maren Voss
Professor for Marine Biogeochemistry
Department of Biological Oceanography
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Rostock
For additional information, please contact:
Ragnar Elmgren, scientific spokesperson, Björn Carlsons Östersjöstiftelse (BalticSea2020)
Tel: +46 (0)70 747 79 33
Ida Mårtensson, office manager, Björn Carlsons Östersjöstiftelse (BalticSea2020)
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