2019 winner of Lindsay Laird award announced


AQUATT is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Lindsay Laird Award is Nicola Rhyner from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences with his poster entitled “Assessing microsatellite markers to assess post-stocking survival of hatchery-reared Atlantic trout (Salmo trutta) in tributaries of a pre-alpine lake”.

The award was presented on 10th October by Dr Camilla Priede of Sheffield University, Lindsay Laird’s younger daughter who commented: “I was particularly impressed by how in his poster Nicola managed to take a very sophisticated topic and convey it with complete clarity."

Dr Priede continued: "My career is focused upon widening access to the sciences and science education and I recognise that it is very hard to write about very complex topics in a very simple way. Not many scientists have this skill at such an early stage in their career. My mother always aimed to ensure that her work was accessible to a broad audience, and as such Nicola was a most appropriate winner of the award.”

The judges Dr Kjell Maroni (Norway), Prof. Elena Mente (Greece) and Prof. Lluis Tort (Spain) agreed unanimously that his approach showed real innovation in respect of environmental protection and the management of autochthonous or allogenous freshwater species. In addition, the poster presented very well identified messages for the reader. Although the techniques used are well known, the judges recognised that they are among the forefront of the current laboratory technologies, and were used to assess field and nature challenges, particularly in relation to the identification and conservation of particular species in the tributaries of main rivers.

In addition to the iPad donated jointly by AQUATT and the AMC Consortium, the winner will also receive his choice of books from the co-sponsors of the award: Wiley Blackwell, Springer and 5M Publishing.

You can read the article from 5M Publishing on its website:


Marieke Reuver (AquaTT) with Lindsay Laird award winner Nicola Rhyner