Photo of the CSRS-Eremitage Award winning team at CSRS headquarters in Adiopodoumé.

Songon (AIP)- The winning team of the 2024 edition of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS) Eremitage Prize for scientific research in partnership was honored at the CSRS headquarters in Adiopodoumé, Côte d'Ivoire, in the presence of researchers, friends and acquaintances.

On Thursday April 25, 2024, the winning team of six researchers received congratulations and encouragement from the scientific community for their work on the “Contribution of research activities in partnership conducted by the CSRS to efforts to eliminate malaria and arboviroses, and accreditation, ‘Good Laboratory Practice’ (GLP)”. The winners received a cheque for 15,000 Swiss francs (10 million FCFA).

“Today's challenges require a holistic approach, and I see in your team varied and complementary skills. I congratulate you on your ability to work together, a quality that requires humility and open-mindedness", said Prof. Véronique Yoboué, President of the Scientific Advisory Board of CSRS-Côte d'Ivoire, adding that partnership research is essential for sustainable human development.

According to CSRS-CI Deputy Director General Dr. Dao Daouda, representing Director General Prof. Inza Koné, the award is a symbol of integration, of a willingness to work together, to find solutions together - in other words, partnership is essential.

“The level of complexity of today's problems, without an effective, well-considered partnership, it will be difficult to give full and satisfactory answers,” he added.

For his part, the prize-winners' representative, Dr Zahouli Bi Zahouli Julien, expressed his gratitude to the various partners who made the CSRS-Eremitage Prize for Scientific Research in Partnership possible.

“With this prize, the visibility of CSRS-CI increases and strengthens the trust between CSRS and its partners. The products found will be distributed nationally and internationally to protect populations against disease vectors such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever", he declared.

Created in 2001 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS), the prize is awarded every two years by the CSRS Foundation, and from 2011 onwards with the financial support of the Eremitage Fund Basel (Switzerland).

The prize is designed to honor researchers for their outstanding contribution to research in partnership between scientific institutions in the North and Côte d'Ivoire and/or in West African countries. It is also awarded for high-level work leading to major publications or innovative applications.