Scientist of the year: Franz Essl
Biodiversity researcher Franz Essl is Austria's Scientist of the Year 2022. In his work at the Faculty of Botany and Biodiversity at the University of Vienna, the ecologist deals with changing framework conditions in nature, neobiota, biodiversity loss and climate change. In parallel, he joined forces with other renowned scientists from various universities and experts from the fields of nature conservation, museums and landscape planning to form the Biodiversity Council in 2019. Since then, this council has been urgently warning of the dramatic consequences of species extinction and the impoverishment of ecosystems.
We offer our warmest congratulations!