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UC polar scientist wins the APECS International Mentorship Award 2018

9 JULY 2018

José Xavier

José Xavier with Hanne Nielsen (president of APECS international, University of Tasmania, Australia; on the left) and Gerlis Fugmann (executive director of the APECS international/ Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany (on the right).

Photo: © DR

José Xavier, professor at the Department of Life Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) and researcher at the Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences (MARE) won the international prize “APECS International Mentorship Award 2018”.

Created by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), with members from more than 60 countries across the globe, the prize aims at distinguishing the efforts of the scientists, within the polar scientific community, who invested time and energy supporting the young polar scientists.

All national committees of APECS participate in the winner election process and appoint the mentor scientist who have made exceptional contributions for the success of the Association.

For the UC polar scientist, this prize “is a great honour, a true acknowledgement of the new young generation of scientists from all over the world, of the work they developed in several countries in favour of science and the training of scientists.”

José Xavier added that “this prize goes also to my students and colleagues, for their dedication, work and enthusiasm over the years. In particular, I would like to highlight the tremendous work of the excellent Portuguese young scientists at APECS Portugal!”