The Mirpuri Foundation announces the second edition of its Ocean Award, a prestigious international sustainability award that aims to recognize excellence in the scientific community and reward innovative projects that contribute to the health of our oceans.

The winner will be announced this July, at an event promoted by the Mirpuri Foundation, and will receive a symbolic monetary prize of €5,000 in recognition of the outstanding contribution for a better world. A shortlist of projects will also be exhibited at the venue of the 3rd edition of the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy, one of the premier regattas of the international sailing calendar.

Entries for the Mirpuri Foundation Ocean Award are open until the 8th of June, World Oceans Day. Candidates are invited to submit a scientific poster detailing their project or initiative and send it to The applications will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of sustainability experts and advisors from the Mirpuri Foundation.

The Ocean Award was launched in 2021. The winner of the first edition was Joanna M. Gonçalves, Ph.D. student, who impressed the jury with “Emerging”, a project that studies emerging contaminants through monitoring mussel populations to evaluate water quality and population dynamics.

Speaking about last year’s edition and the importance of this initiative, Joanna M. Gonçalves said:

“The health of our Ocean is more and more concerning as increasing anthropogenic pollution, as well as global warming, is affecting water quality and population dynamics. As winner of the 1st Edition of the Ocean Award, Mirpuri Foundation has helped me gain more visibility on social networks as well as help advertise my work. Since I’ve won, I have been able to create more connections within my line of work as well as recognition within my university. Since June last year, I have developed my work even more and I’m getting closer and closer to what I set out to do and understand how emerging contaminants affect mussel populations and whether these contaminants affect mussel’s reproduction. Additionally, the prize given by Mirpuri Foundation has helped acquire necessary material to further develop my study. Moreover, the prize ceremony was outstanding and so welcoming. As Mirpuri Foundation motto says, ‘Together for a better world’.” 


For more information on how to apply, read the regulation of the Ocean Award.