Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

Nat Award 2020

Communication NAT Award Nat Award 2020

The Nat awards 2020 were presented at 6:30 p.m. on 25 November, with the winner, Ramon Folch, delivering a conference entitled “Spreading knowledge rather than curiosities” as part of the event.

Both the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the director of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona), Anna Omedes, were in attendance via digital means. The event was broadcasted live on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

See the event again in this link.

Nat 2020 award winners

In its third edition, this year the jury has awarded the Nat award 2020 prize to Ramon Folch, a doctor of biology and socioecologist, for his work in research, dissemination, and defence of biodiversity and the environment, both locally and internationally, for his creation of innovative scientific and educational tools for naturalists and ecologists, bringing together experts, and for the impact his work has had in many professional fields and in raising society’s awareness of nature.

The Posthumous Honourable Mention goes to Lynn Margulis, biologist and thinker, for her contributions in the field of evolutionary biology, and who stirred up our understanding of the world with her theory placing symbiosis and cooperation at the heart of evolution, as well as for her exceptional work in education and spreading knowledge in her field.

The Nat award 2020 Jury is formed by:  

  • Dacha Atienza, Head of the Scientific Area at the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona.
  • Mara Dierssen, Senior Scientist at the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona.
  • Martí Domínguez, writer and director of the scientific journal Mètode.
  • Xavier Duran, writer and journalist with TV3.
  • Teresa Garnatje, director of the Institut Botànic de Barcelona (Botanical Institute of Barcelona – IBB).
  • Anna Omedes, director of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona.
  • Joandomènec Ros, president of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Institute for Catalan Studies – IEC).
  • Jury secretary: Jordi Serrallonga, archaeologist, naturalist and adviser to the Museum.