Project Updates

A Rolex Award has given a Bolivian biologist opportunities to spread her conservation philosophy – one that focuses on inspiring local people to save their own environment – to other countries. When Bolivian biologist Erika Cuéllar won a Rolex Award in 2012 for her conservation work in the Gran Chaco, she never imagined the publicity… Read more

Young Laureates in 2014, Francesco Sauro and Hosam Zowawi joined forces for an expedition to a pristine world hidden beneath South America’s table-top mountains where they have uncovered life forms that may hold the key to critical advances in medical science. A recent expedition by two Rolex Laureates in caverns deep beneath the table-top mountains… Read more

Michel André

Listening to the sounds of silence

April 25, 2017

Two Rolex Laureates from very different scientific fields are working together in one of the most silent places on the planet – the caves below the Amazon’s table-top mountains – to record the whispers that speak volumes about our natural order. By Julian Cribb Rolex Laureates Francesco Sauro and Michel André propose to explore the… Read more

German veterinary surgeon and 2002 Rolex Associate Laureate Ilse Köhler-Rollefson has been presented with a prestigious Indian prize – the Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women’s Power Award) – for devoting over 25 years to saving Rajasthan’s camel herds, which are at the heart of the way of life of India’s Raika people. Köhler-Rollefson said that when… Read more

By Julian Cribb While the global population has grown threefold since the mid-20th century, our use of fresh water has increased sixfold, threatening major shortages by the 2030s: already, the United Nations warns, 4 billion people worldwide face water scarcity for a month or more each year. For 35 years, Japanese public servant Makoto Murase… Read more