Polish and US scientists win Polish-American science award

Polish scientist Jacek Oleksyn and American Peter Reich have been chosen for the 2018 Poland – U.S. Science Award (PLUS Award) for their scientific achievements in the areas of environmental and plant sciences.

The award is granted jointly by the Foundation for Polish Science, the biggest private institution supporting science in Poland, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific association. The aim of the award is to emphasise the importance of Polish-American scientific cooperation and show the outcomes that result from complementary work on the part of both scientists.

As mentioned in the communique, the scientists have been distinguished for their research on characterising differentiations among wide-ranging populations of tree species due to climate change. The researchers, who have worked together for more than 25 years, have made a number of advancements in their field including the discovery of general rules for different physiological processeses in plants. Their work provides a theoretical and empirical basis for understanding plant responses to major global climate change drivers.

The Poland-U.S. Science Award, established in 2013, is presented every two years. The jury consisted of two outstanding scientists from Poland and the United States selects two winners based on the opinions of external experts. Each of the researchers receives a monetary award of USD 5,000.