Aside from the gong, Professor Rampal Etienne has pocketed 23,000 euros in winnings
The Dutch evolutionary ecologist and professor at the University of Groningen Rampal Etienne, who researches the relationship between evolution and different types of plants, animals and bacteria, together with French physicist Halima Mouhib, has won the Descartes-Huygens Prize 2020, reports the GIC.
The duo received the prize for their research and contribution to Franco-Dutch research collaboration. Their prizes of 23,000 euros per laureate should enable them to intensify this collaboration, says the prize-giving body. A ceremony will take place on February 12, 2021 to award the prizes.
The Descartes-Huygens Prize was established in 1995 by the French and Dutch governments to bring Franco-Dutch scientific collaboration to the attention of researchers and the wider public. Two winners are chosen each year: The Netherlands selects the French winner and France selects the Dutch winner for this prize. The prize aims to stimulate the scientific career of an excellent researcher in the field of French-Dutch research.
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