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The Institute of Aquatic Ecology, and especially the Continental Aquatic Ecology Research Group of the University of Girona (GRECO), congratulates Dr. Sergi Sabater Cortés (GRECO / ICRA), winner of this year’s Limnology Trajectory Award: congratulations Sergi, a well deserved award!

Translated extract of the Resolution of the Second Prize to the Trajectory in Limnology:

The Iberian Association of Limnology announced on October 28, 2021 the Second Prize for the Trajectory in Limnology to recognize the achievements of a natural person in the field of Iberian limnology, including research, education, dissemination and transfer. Only one award nomination was received. Below are the characteristics for which the award has been given to Dr. Sergi Sabater.

After reviewing the application, four members of the AIL Board of Directors have decided to resolve favorably, as it is well deserved, the only application received in this call from the candidate Dr. Sergi Sabater:

Born in 1958, Dr. Sergi Sabater Cortés has been a professor since 2003 at the University of Girona, holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Barcelona, ​​and is a disciple of the eminent Prof. Ramón Margalef, who was his teacher and initiator in the world of Limnology. He has been a researcher at the Catalan Institute for Water Research since its creation in 2008, and also the general director from its creation until 2017.

His extensive experience in Limnology makes him deserving of the Trajectory Award given by the Iberian Association in Limnology in the opinion of the proponents, as 300 accredited publications related to the aquatic environment are cited in SCOPUS, of which 26 have received more than 100 quotes in other works. This represents an H index of 66, probably the highest in the Iberian Peninsula in the field of Limnology, reaching a total of 12,360 citations in all its publications. The majority field in recent years has been dedicated to microcontaminants as an emerging line, without abandoning its classic lines of phytoplankton and algal communities and thirdly macroinvertebrates and their relationship to biological control and river biotic indices.

He was President of the Iberian Association of Limnology between 2002 and 2010, of which forty years later he has been an active member since 1982, after its foundation as an entity in December 1981. He is a representative for the AIL in the European Federation for Freshwater Sciences and was Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences in 2011, as well as a member of the Organizing Committee of other International Limnology Congresses.

He is a member of the editorial board of prestigious publications in Limnology, from the one published by AIL Limnetica, to the one published by Elsevier called Science of Total Environment in which he is Associate Editor in subjects such as river ecology, ecotoxicology. , biofilm ecology and river conservation.

Of his wide production, the author of the book “Concepts and techniques in river ecology” stands out in 2009, where a compendium of techniques in river ecology was made, ranging from the theory of the importance of the river as a continuum, to the statistical treatment of the data obtained. A very important contribution to the knowledge and practical work in river ecology, not always valued as it deserves. He is also a kind and communicative person, always willing to participate and lend a hand, and if we highlight his quality is the serenity he conveys at all times, providing a smile and a kind comment in any situation exhausted. For all this, both for his scientific and personal career, we consider him worthy of such a high distinction awarded by the Association.

For all this, the Iberian Association of Limnology recognizes his excellent work by awarding him the 2022 Limnology Trajectory Award.