This Prize has been established in 1994 to valorise the research work undertaken by CIHEAM students in the framework of their Master of Science and to support the development of their scientific career.
It is awarded every year by the Governing Board of the Organization upon recommendation by its Advisory Board, following Art.3 of the Rules for Granting the Annual Prize to the Best CIHEAM Thesis.
The CAB members appreciate the high quality of the seven theses proposed to be selected for the Best Thesis for 2018. After discussion, the CAB unanimously decided that the Prize for 2018, on the basis of originality and scientific quality, applicability and exemplarity for Mediterranean Cooperation, should be shared by two theses. The two co-winners of the best thesis for 2018 are the following:
The thesis is well-designed. The scientific quality of the thesis is high since it analyzes the trading environment of countries participating in the Agadir agreement for the period 2007-2016. The results of the research can be used by Mediterranean researchers and institutes and also by policymakers of both shores of the Mediterranean.
Title: “Isolation and molecular characterisation of Xylella fastidiosa from different host plant species in Apulia region (Italy)” (CIHEAM MAI Bari).
The topic addressed is of major relevance for the Mediterranean countries. The thesis is well-structured and follows a consistent methodology. The results presented contribute to encounter the problem raised by Xylella fastidiosa in the Mediterranean region.
M. Placido Plaza