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NAT Award

The Nat Award was created — to celebrate 140 years in existence of the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona — as an honorary distinction awarded each year to a person or institution that has adopted a novel perspective on natural history. Winners are people or institutions that are referents for their way of viewing and explaining nature, whether because they have encouraged professional engagement in natural history disciplines or because they have contributed significantly to nature conservation. The Nat Award consists of the main award and an honourable mention, conferred annually on a local or international person or institution. Winners receive a trophy specially designed by the prestigious sculptor Antoni Llena.

With a trajectory of 140 years, the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona is especially committed to nature conservation and partipates actively in local and international efforts to conserve, study and communicate biodiversity and geodiversity. Through the Nat Award, the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona aims to foster natural science communication in a context of environmental crisis, given that more efforts than ever are needed to open up new perspectives on connecting people and the natural sciences. Engraved on the trophy are lines in Catalan — by the poet and cultural manager Jordi Carrió — that reflect the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona’s commitment to the sustainability of the planet:

“Coneixes l’abast dels límits. Només una Terra, només una vida”

[You know the scope of the limits. Only one Earth. Only one life.].

NAT Award winners 2018

In this first edition of 2018, the Nat Award goes to Dr. Frans de Waal and the NAT Honourable Mention goes to Roser Nos Ronchera. In addition, the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona has decided to confer a NAT Extraordinary Award for a Professional Career to the great science communicator, Sir David Attenborough.

  • NAT Award 2018
    Dr. Frans de Waal, biologist, primatologist and writer. For his vision regarding the evolution of animal behaviour in establishing a parallel between primate and human behaviour in aspects such as politics, empathy, morality and justice.
  • NAT Honourable Mention 2018
    Roser Nos Ronchera, biologist. For her scientific, educational and science communication work in Barcelona and especially for her great work in reconnecting the Zoology Museum of Barcelona with the people of Barcelona, when as its director (1981-1989), she launched a programme of activities and temporary exhibitions that opened the Zoology Museum more meaningfully to the public.
  • NAT Extraordinary Award for a Professional Career 2018
    Sir David Attenborough, scientist, writer and naturalist. For his pioneering work in the production of nature and animal behaviour documentaries and for novel perspectives and new interpretations that have influenced conservation work and inspired many people to professionally engage with nature.

Future editions of the Nat Award will be judged by a jury of prestigious science communication specialists representing different natural history disciplines. The Nat Award criteria will be published shortly in the website of the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona.

Ceremony Awards

The ceremony of the first NAT Award will take place on June 11, 2018 in the afternoon.

The Mayor of Barcelona City Council, Ada Colau y Ballano, will present the NAT 2018 Award. The event, hosted by TV3 journalist Lídia Heredia and museum director Anna Omedes, will feature a lecture by Frans de Waal “You know the scope of the limits. Only one Earth. Only one life.” and will include the video of the David Attenborough Prize. This event is closed to general public.