Selene Biffi

Qessa Academy goes on air

December 5, 2013

Rolex Young Laureate Selene Biffi is being forced to find radical new ways to implement her dream of reviving the ancient art of storytelling as life in Kabul becomes more dangerous. Selene Biffi’s school for story-telling opened in Kabul in March 2013. Her first six graduates are beginning internships in NGOs and foundations. But the… Read more

Humans and their ancestral hominids belong to one great family: this is the profound conclusion drawn by Rolex Laureate David Lordkipanidze and his colleagues from their latest – and most spectacular – discovery of a 1.8 million-year-old skull from Dmanisi, Georgia. The mere suggestion that all fossil humans belong to the same species – instead… Read more


An army of parabiologists for the Chaco

November 20, 2013

After setting up a course to train conservation biologists from local communities in Paraquay, Bolivia and Argentina to work in the Gran Chaco, 2012 Laureate Erica Cuéllar’s next step is to “institutionalise” her work so that it can exist independently. Read more


Next step for the Nanopatch

November 20, 2013

In 2012, using funds from his Rolex Award, Laureate Mark Kendall tested the usability and thermo-stability of his vaccine patch in a trial (without using vaccine) in Papua New Guinea. This “mock” trial resulted in key lessons on the use of the Nanopatch in the developing world, which have been applied to design improvements. Kendall and his… Read more

In the past 18 years, Russia’s leading tiger expert, Sergei Bereznuk, has only seen three Amur (Siberian) tigers roaming free in Russia’s far east, but he has high hopes for the survival of the endangered species. “I’m optimistic,” says Bereznuk, who won a Rolex Award in 2012 for his multifaceted project to protect this tiger,… Read more