Merian Award

In 2001 the gtoe established the Merian Awards for the best contributions given by young scientists during the annual meeting. There are six Merian Awards annually, three for the best oral contributions and three for the best posters. ECOTROPICA highlights these contributions by publishing the abstracts.

The gtoe has selected Maria Sibylla Merian as the patron of the Merian Prize to commemorate her unique work as an outstanding artist and as the first female tropical naturalist who actually travelled to the tropics in order to study their fascinating diversity, in particular insects. Maria Sibylla Merian was born in 1647 in Frankfurt/Main as the daughter of the engraver, etcher and book dealer Matthäus Merian. She died in 1717 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sibylla Merian's most remarkable contributions included a book on the fauna and flora of Surinam: "Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium", which brought her international fame even during her lifetime. She was the first scientist who recognized, and documented in her artistic work, that insects go through various developmental stages. This is particularly remarkable as the general public in her time still believed that, for instance, mosquitoes and caterpillars were generated in mud by the devil.

Who is eligible and how to apply

Eligible candidates are students and PhDs who are members of the gtö and finished their dissertation less than three years ago).

The award ceremony takes place during the closing ceremony Thursday 29 March 16:00.

These books are for the first prizes:

Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia - Challenges in a Changing Environment (Serge Morand, Claire Lajaunie, Rojchai Satrawaha)

Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity - Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation (Bhuwon Sthapit, Hugo Lamers, Ramanatha Rao, Arwen Bailey)