The official handover will take place Tuesday December 20 at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris. Sandra Lavorel has been a researcher at the CNRS for 30 years and works as an ecologist at Alpine Ecology Laboratory (common to the CNRS, the University of Grenoble Alpes and the University of Savoie-Mont-Blanc) Gièressince 2003. She is the winner of the gold medal 2023 of CNRS.
Winner of the 2023 CNRS gold medal, Sandra Lavorel will be awarded an endowment of 50,000 euros
Created in 1954, this medal, accompanied by a endowment of 50,000 euros on the part of the CNRS Foundation, distinguishes scientific careers that have made an exceptional contribution to the dynamism and influence of French research. This is the case of Sandra Lavorel, a native of Lyon who began her career at the CNRS in 1994 and is a member of the Academy of Sciences since 2013.
Specialist in operation and ecosystem dynamics, she is a pioneer in the definition and analysis of the services provided by biodiversity to human societies. In particular, it has demonstrated that the alteration of biodiversity and ecosystems due to environmental changes has quantifiable societal and economic impacts.
Antoine Petit, CEO of the CNRS, salutes the excellence that marks the career of Sandra Lavorel
Holder of the officer’s medalNational Order of Merit in 2016 and that ofofficer of the Legion of Honor in 2022, Sandra Lavorel was also a member from 2018 to 2022 of the interdisciplinary committee of experts of the international reference platform on biodiversity (IPBES). As such, she co-edited the GIECC-IPBES report on biodiversity and climate change published in 2021.
“Sandra Lavorel conducts research that works towards a better understanding of contemporary and future environmental issuescomments Antoine PetitCEO of the CNRS. They allow us to understand the functioning and dynamics of ecosystems in response to the global changes we are facing.” And to add: “His international reputation and his commitment to providing his scientific expertise in support of public decisions constitute testimony to the excellence that marks his career.”
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