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2018 Newton Prize winners

Read about the winners of the 2018 Newton Prize in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Thailand. To find out more about the full shortlist read the 2018 Newton Prize booklet

 

BRAZIL: Improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest
BRAZIL: Improving the lives of the Guarani people by saving the Atlantic Forest

The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one of the world’s richest biomes, home to a large number of species unique to that area. A Newton-funded project between researchers in the UK and Brazil is helping the Guarani restore the Atlantic Forest in their territory.

CHILE: Strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters
CHILE: Strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters

Newton funded scientists in the UK and Chile are using mathematical models to develop a framework that will strengthen power systems in Chile and other countries vulnerable to environmental hazards.

COLOMBIA: Turning environmentally damaging coffee waste into electricity
COLOMBIA: Turning environmentally damaging coffee waste into electricity

Scientists working on a Newton Fund project in Colombia have found that environmentally damaging coffee waste could be turned into electricity using a microbial fuel cell.

MEXICO: New drought resistant beans for sustainable food supply in Mexico
MEXICO: New drought resistant beans for sustainable food supply in Mexico

Researchers in the UK and Mexico are developing climate ready elite bean varieties to combat drought related crop losses for Mexican and Latin American agriculture.

CHAIR'S AWARD: Documenting the past for a more peaceful future
CHAIR'S AWARD: Documenting the past for a more peaceful future

Examining the case of Chile and the unprecedented documentation work undertaken by civil society organisations during the Pinochet dictatorship, an international research team has shown how the act of documentation itself is an important mode of resistance to human rights violations.