National Latsis Prize 2015 awarded to biologist Richard Benton

27/Jan/2016

The National Latsis Prize worth CHF 100,000 has been awarded to the fruit fly researcher Richard Benton at Bern Town Hall.

The 38-year-old, who is a professor at the University of Lausanne, received the prize in recognition of his substantial and far-reaching research in the field of neuroscience and molecular biology as well as evolution and chemical ecology. The SNSF awards the prize annually on behalf of the Latsis Foundation in Geneva.

  • Grand Council Chamber at Bern Town Hall

    Grand Council Chamber at Bern Town Hall

  • Prof. Martin Vetterli, President of the SNSF National Research Council

    Prof. Martin Vetterli, President of the SNSF National Research Council

  • Hans-Jürg Käser, President of the Bernese Cantonal Government

    Hans-Jürg Käser, President of the Bernese Cantonal Government

  • Hans-Jürg Käser, President of the Bernese Cantonal Government

    Prof. Michael Hengartner, Rector of the University of Zurich, president of swissuniversities

  • Prof. Denis Duboule, President of the Latsis Foundation

    Prof. Denis Duboule, President of the Latsis Foundation

  • Prof. Silvia Arber, former Latsis Prizewinner 2003

    Prof. Silvia Arber, former Latsis Prizewinner 2003

  • AMAR Quartet, Zurich

    AMAR Quartet, Zurich

  • Prof. Laurent Keller, laudator, member of the SNSF National Research Council

    Prof. Laurent Keller, laudator, member of the SNSF National Research Council

  • Award ceremony

    Award ceremony

  • Prof. Richard Benton, National Latsis Prize laureate 2015

    Prof. Richard Benton, National Latsis Prize laureate 2015

  • Pascal Couchepin, former Federal Councillor, talking to Hans-Jürg Käser, President of the Cantonal Government

    Pascal Couchepin, former Federal Councillor, talking to Hans-Jürg Käser, President of the Cantonal Government

  • Prof. Dominique Arlettaz (at left), Rector of the University of Lausanne, and Daniel Höchli, Director of the SNSF

    Prof. Dominique Arlettaz (at left), Rector of the University of Lausanne, and Daniel Höchli, Director of the SNSF

  • Prof. Laurent Keller, Prof. Richard Benton and his wife Prof. Sophie Martin Benton (from left to right)

    Prof. Laurent Keller, Prof. Richard Benton and his wife Prof. Sophie Martin Benton (from left to right)

Around 80 guests attended the award ceremony on 22 January 2016, which was opened by the President of the SNSF Research Council, Martin Vetterli, in the presence of former Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin and representatives of the education, research and innovation domain.

As guest speaker, Professor Michael Hengartner, Rector of the University of Zurich and – as of January 2016 - President of swissuniversities, stressed the importance of international cooperation and adequate financing for maintaining Switzerland's innovation capacity.

The laudatory speech on the laureate's career was delivered by Prof. Laurent Keller, member of the Research Council of the Biology and Medicine division. The President of the Latsis Foundation, Prof. Denis Duboule, later awarded the National Latsis Prize to Richard Benton, who went on to explain his research work in an interesting talk.

 

The National Latsis Prize is one of the most prestigious academic awards in Switzerland, honouring outstanding achievements by researchers up to the age of forty who work in Switzerland.

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