For its fourth edition, the Quarry Life Award announces today seven International Jury members to assess the projects for International Awards. This jury will work simultaneously with the 21 national juries which mission is to assess the participating projects in the national competitions.

The members of the international jury, who will select the winners of the International Awards of the fourth edition of the Quarry Life Award, are :

  • Richard Grimmett, BirdLife International
  • Dr. Carolyn Jewell, HeidelbergCement (Lead Juror)
  • Prof. Dr. Ani Mardiastuti, Bogor Agricultural University
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Rademacher, University of Applied Sciences Bingen
  • Dr. Klára Řehounková, SER Europe
  • Stéphane Rivière, HeidelbergCement
  • Dr. Albert Scheuer, HeidelbergCement

The mission of each Jury Member is to follow-up and to evaluate the participating projects in order to select the QLA International Winners 2018. By using their know-how and experience, the Jury Member will assess the participating projects to advise and make recommendations to the Lead Juror, on the best candidates for the international prizes of the Contest.

The international Jury members at a glance:

Richard Grimmett

Director for Conservation, BirdLife International

As Director for Conservation, Mr Grimmett is responsible for the development and coordination of conservation programmes for sites and species, with a particular focus on ‘Preventing Extinctions’, ‘Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)’, ‘Seabirds and Marine’, ‘Flyways’ and ‘Forests of Hope’. He also oversees BirdLife’s work with the private sector including the partnership with HeidelbergCement. Mr Grimmett was previously Head of the BirdLife Asia Division (1994 – 2007), and Head of the BirdLife European Division (prior to 1994) when he co-authored the first complete inventory of European IBAs in 1989. He is also an author of a number of field guides to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, is a keen birder, and was the Founder Chairman of the Oriental Bird Club. He is married with two children, and lives in Over, close to the Hanson-HeidelbergCement quarry at Needingworth, on the outskirts of Cambridge, UK.

Mr Grimmett served as an International Jury member in the 2014 and 2016 edition. 

Dr. Carolyn Jewell

Global Biodiversity and Natural Resources Senior Manager, HeidelbergCement

Dr. Carolyn Jewell has a PhD in Ecology from the University of York and a Masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Reading University. Her academic work was focusing on insects and their responses to climate change and habitat management regimes. 

Experienced in partnership projects between the extraction industries and nature conservation organisations, Carolyn started working for the Environmental Sustainability department at HeidelbergCement in 2016. She represents the company in the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative, EU Business, the Biodiversity Platform and CEMBUREAU. 

After serving on the National Jury for the UK contest in both 2012 and 2014, Dr Carolyn Jewell joined the International Jury for the first time during the 3rd edition 2016.

Prof. Dr. Ani Mardiastuti

Lecturer, Department of Forest Resources, Conservation and Ecotourism, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)

Currently lecturing at Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Mardiastuti received her PhD in wildlife biology and management from Michigan State University in 1992. She has served as Chairperson of the Board of Burung Indonesia (BirdLife Indonesia) since 2003. Prof. Dr. Mardiastuti works closely with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), and many NGOs in various matters related to the environment, wildlife conservation, and wildlife trade and law enforcement in Indonesia. 

Prof. Dr. Ani Mardiastuti served as an International Jury member in the 2016 edition. 

Prof. Dr. Michael Rademacher

Professor for ecology and biodiversity of terrestrial and aquatic systems, University of Applied Sciences Bingen (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Rademacher teaches at University of Applied Sciences Bingen in Germany. He brings 20 years of expertise in biodiversity management in mining sites, from mapping and monitoring to site rehabilitation and public – private partnerships. He holds a PhD in Ecology and is a specialist in plants, birds, grasshoppers, dragonflies, amphibians, butterflies and bats.

Prof. Dr. Rademacher was the initiator of the Quarry Life Award contest and has served on the International Jury since the beginning.

Klára Řehounková

Board Member, SER (Society for Ecological Restoration) Europe

HeidelbergCement is proud to welcome the new judge, Klára Řehounková, to the international judging panel of the fourth edition of the Quarry Life Award. As a member of the working group “Restoration Ecology” at the University of South Bohemia, Klára Rehounková focuses on research especially in vegetation succession in disused sand-gravel pits. Furthermore, she is a SER Europe Board Member (Director at large).

Klára was team leader of the Grand Prize winning project of the Quarry Life Award 2012 Edition.

Stéphane Rivière

Biodiversity Expert, HeidelbergCement

Stéphane Rivière holds a MSc in Forest Ecology and a MPhil in Conservation Leadership. He has managed projects related to biodiversity information for EU-funded networks, and focused on the progress towards meeting the international conservation targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. During a placement at the Africa BirdLife International Secretariat, Stéphane developed an analytical framework to identify priority African Important Bird Areas for the Forests of Hope programme. Before joining HeidelbergCement, he worked for Kew Gardens (UK) on the restoration of degraded drylands in West Africa and Kenya involving a range of stakeholders (governmental bodies, research institutes, companies, local NGOs and Community Based Organisations). These projects promoted the propagation of native plant species and their sustainable use by local communities who depend on them for their livelihoods, particularly in the context of climate change.

Stéphane Rivière serves the International Jury for the first time – welcome on board!

Dr. Albert Scheuer

Managing Board Member, HeidelbergCement

Dr. Albert Scheuer started his professional career with the Research Institute of the German Cement Industry in 1983. After joining HeidelbergCement in 1992, he took on various positions at the Leimen cement plant and Heidelberg Technology Center. From 1998 to 2005, he was in charge of technical support for our European cement plants as Managing Director of Heidelberg Technology Center. As of 2005, he was responsible for HeidelbergCement’s activities in China as Chief Operating Officer. In August 2007, he was appointed Member of the Managing Board. Dr. Albert Scheuer was in charge of the Asia-Pacific Group area until 31 March 2016. Since 1 April 2016, he has been in charge of the Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia Group area. In addition, he is responsible for the worldwide coordination of Environmental Sustainability, the Heidelberg Technology Center as well as Research & Development/Product Innovation.