This year, not only four already known
nominations were awarded: „The new environmental scientist”, „Environment
science teacher”, „Environmental activist group”, „Environment scientist and
university pedagogue” but also „Bio-economy
prize” was applied to an enterprise for developing an innovative product with
high added value. The members of the jury from the Environmental Science and
Education Council carefully examined every nominee in order to identify the best
candidates for each nomination.
In the nomination „New environmental
scientist,” first place was won by the researcher Aiga Barisa from Riga
Technical University Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, who defended
her PhD thesis „Modelling transition policies to a low-carbon road transport in
Latvia by 2030” last year. Second place was shared by the researcher Anna
Kubule from Riga Technical University Institute of Energy Systems and Environment
and researcher and guest-assistant Kristine Valujeva from the Agricultural
University of Latvia Department of Environmental Engineering and Water
In category „Environmental scientist and
university pedagogue” assistant professor Francesco Romagnoli from Riga
Technical University Institute of Energy Systems and Environment won the first
place, but his fellow researcher Jelena Pubule, won second place.
Biology, science and environmental education
teacher and teacher of the methodological association Daiga Martinsone from Skriveri
Andrejs Upitis Secondary School was awarded as the best environmental science
teacher. Second place was shared by Ilga Verovkina – biology teacher in Valmiera
Viesturs Secondary School and Inita Rulle – teacher in Saldus Secondary School.
The most points in category „Environmental
activist group” was gained by association „Solis Dabā” („Step in Nature”), they
are organising different kind of events, that are raising awareness about
climate change, adaption to climate change and ecological and environmentally
friendly lifestyle. Also in this category second place was shared by two
organisations: Student association ”Šalkone” which was established to increase
communication about forests and their
importance. Other nominee which got the prize was Ventspils Secondary School
No. 4, for organising forest days for more than 10 years in a row. This event
is for children and their families, they go and plant a forest all together and
in that way they can learn a lot about the forest and all the processes in it.
For the first time in the history of the
Environmental Science Awards, honour of „The Bio-economy Prize was awarded for
the contribution to the development of a bio-economy by producing products with
high added value. This prize was received by Latvijas Finieris AS for innovative
products: the birch bark extract with a high content of betulin.
Let’s take inspiration from the winner’s
progress to strengthen both the importance of the environmental science and
public education to develop the economics.
„Environmental Science Awards 2017” was
organised by the Latvian Environmental Science and Education Council in
cooperation with the Association of Latvian Environmental Science Students. Latvian
Environmental Science and Education Council is coordinating and consulting
crossectorial organization that makes decisions that have recommendatory nature
in development of environmental science and education. Award was supported by Riga Technical
University Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, University of Latvia, Agricultural
University of Latvia, Liepaja University, Rezekne Academy of Technologies,
society “Nature Concerthall”, Ltd. “Ekodoma” and Ltd. “ZAAO”.
This event was organized by the University of
Latvia and Riga Technical University Institute of Energy Systems and
Environment, University of Latvia, Daugavpils University, Agricultural
University of Latvia, Liepaja University and Rezekne Academy of Technologies.
Pictures from the event are available here: https://failiem.lv/u/wcydetnp