Master Thesis Prize

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.


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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:

  • Mohamed Amine HEDOUI

Title: “Assessing agricultural trade integration among EU and Mediterranean countries signed under the Agadir agreement” (CIHEAM MAI Chania).

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.

  • Marwa MOUROU

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.


Past Prizes

  • The 2016 Prize for the Best CIHEAM Thesis to Najla KSOURI for her research work on “Transcriptional Responses in Prunus persica under Conditions of Drought Stress using RNA Sequencing”;

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  • A special mention to Wided KHECHIMI for her research work on “Proposal for an indicator of cultural ecosystem services: Measuring the impact of recreational visits of Mediterranean wetlands on human well-being”

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