On March 2, during the annual meeting held in Helsinki, Baltic Sea Foundation gave the Baltic Sea Award 2010 to prof. Jurgis Kazimieras Staniškis, the director of the Institute of Environmental Engineering and one of the most outstanding scientists at Kaunas University of Technology.
The award annually goes to an individual or organization for putting research findings into practice, technical decisions or other activities that contribute substantially to the Baltic Sea and the sustainable development of its region.
Professor Jurgis K. Staniškis received recommendations for the award from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, along with the approvals from the Institute for Water and Environmental Problems at Technical University of Denmark, Tampere University of Technology (Finland), the Institute of Marine Science and Policy at Delaware University (USA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory, as well as Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania.
Baltic Sea Award was established in 1990. There is only one award, however, it has never been given to one person or organization. With respect to strong competition and strong candidates the award usually goes to 2-5 persons or organizations. This year, together with prof. Jurgis K. Staniškis the representative from Finland was awarded. No Lithuanian has received this award so far. Sweden till now received 10 awards, Finland – 4, Russia – 3 , Germany – 2, Poland – 2, Estonia – 2, Latvia -1, and Demark – 1.
The awards ceremony and celebration will be held on 7-8 May, in Marienhamn, the administrative centre of Aland Islands.