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PhD student wins Rolex Award for Enterprise

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CMBB PhD student Kerstin Forsberg wins prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise

Kerstin Forsberg, PhD student in EGIS, has been presented with the Rolex Award for
Enterprise at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (venue for the Oscars). Kerstin who is
currently in her third year of part-time, off-campus PhD research studies, has been
working for several years on the ecology of Manta Rays and the fisheries of sharks in
Northern Peru.  Her work achievements, recognised by Rolex, include setting up the
environmental NGO Planeta Oceano of which she is the Director.
The renowned oceanographer, Dr Sylvia Earle, presented Kerstin with the award which
happened to be during the 40th anniversary of the Rolex Awards. Also attending the
ceremony were many previous laureates and the Rolex jury members.
The full ceremony is available as video at Highlights of the Rolex Awards Ceremony
2016 and thespeeches of Sylvia Earle and Kerstin appear on
This year, Kerstin was also instrumental in helping host a British Council-funded
Institutional Links project entitled, “Initial collaboration between Heriot-Watt
University (HWU) and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM): working
towards assessing shark and ray sustainable fisheries in northern Peru”.