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Published: 2023-04-22 Updated: 2023-04-24, 11:02

Umeå researcher a finalist for Frontier Planet Prize

NEWS Umeå researcher Maria Nilsson is one of 20 internationally selected finalists for the Frontiers Planet Prize. It is launched by the research foundation Frontiers, with the ambition to accelerate scientific solutions for healthy lives on a healthy planet.

Text: Claes Björnberg

April 22, on "Earth day", the 20 finalists for the Frontiers Planet Prize 2023 – so-called "National Champions" – were announced. Professor Maria Nilsson at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University has been named "National Champion" for Sweden, as one of the 20 finalists. Three of these, so-called "International Champions", each win a research prize of 1 million Swiss francs, about 11 million Swedish kronor.
– There are so many talented researchers and important projects in the world in sustainability research, so it is of course an honor to have been selected as a finalist and representative of Sweden, says Maria Nilsson.

Highest level of excellence

Frontiers has established the international prize to address the sustainability challenges facing our planet, that require immediate attention. The ambition of the prize, which is awarded for the first time this year, is to mobilize over time as many researchers as possible engaged in pioneering research with the greatest potential to stabilize the planet's ecosystem. They have therefore announced this global competition where the research community must compete at the highest level of excellence with research that over time can contribute to scientifically based policies and concrete solutions to challenges linked to the nine so-called the planetary boundaries (info via link below). Through the competition, researchers and research that can contribute to this are recognized and rewarded.

233 universities

This first year, in the search for its finalists, Frontiers has had the support of the International Science Council, involved 233 universities on six continents, 13 national science academies and an independent jury of 100 sustainability experts, led by Professor Johan Rockström at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

The winners of the research award will be announced on April 27 at the Frontiers Forum Live in Montreux, Switzerland. Keynote speakers at the event include:

• Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General (South Korea)

• Al Gore, Vice President and Nobel Laureate (USA)

• Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute (USA)

• Prof Johan Rockström, Director/leader, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)

For more information, please contact:

Maria Nilsson
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
Telephone 090-786 60 14
Mobile 070-349 71 74
Email maria.nilsson@umu.se

Read more about Marla Nilsson and her research

Frontiers Planet Prize's website

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