The Main Prize is worth CHF 20,000 in 2011/12. It was awarded ex aequo for the impressive scientific quality of two works: to Prof. Dr. Tobias Haller, assistant professor at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, for his decisive part in the anthology “Disputing the Flood Plains: Institutional Change and Politics of Resource Management in African Wetlands”; and to Dr. Loretta Müller, postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, for her Bernese thesis, “Toxicity of Scooter Exhaust emissions”.
Both works are of scientific excellence in the areas of sustainable resource management and health effects of exhaust gases. Both contribute to fundamental research – one to social and institutional; the other to technical and natural sciences. Together, they testify to the high level and wide range of Bernese environmental research.
In addition, this year the Commission will present a Recognition Award to the amount of CHF 1,000 for an outstanding master's thesis on key factors of energy-related construction decisions by private clients (Schlüsselfaktoren energierelevanter Entscheidungen privater Bauherren) by environmental psychologist Elisabeth Lauper.