Doc. Mgr. Jan Šobotník, PhD. works at the Czech Life Sciences University and specialises in the structure and function of insect body. The World According to Termites, a film directed by Jan Hošek and co-produced by Czech Television and the Czech Life Sciences University, was made during Šobotník’s expeditions to study termites in French Guyana and Cameroon. It shows both sides to scientific research in tropical forests – researchers need both a microscope and a machete. Apart from other facts, The World According to Termites shows termites that sacrifice themselves for the community, they simply explode. You will learn how the caste system within termite nest functions, how to calculate the density of termites in a given area and you will find out that termites might have been the first farmers on the planet.
The jury appreciated the cinematic treatment of a story that presents termites as a fascinating topic of scientific research and the source of great inspiration.
The Award of the Ministry of Agriculture goes to the Czech Film made by directors Ladislav Mika and Ivan Stříteský The Living Skin of Planet Earth – Geoderma. Soil is the prerequisite of life on Earth and people couldn’t exist on this planet without it. How much do we know about soil today? And what do we do with this knowledge? Do people take care of the skin of our mother Earth, of Geoderma?
The Award of the Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources goes to Germany to director John A. Kantara and his film Good – Better – Vegan. Veganism is an ethical choice for some people, for others it is a modern lifestyle and for others yet it is a healthy approach to life. The jury appreciated the cinematic rendering of the topic of veganism as a space for a new economy that calls for new scientific research and development of new food industry applications.
The Award of the Faculty of Economics and Management was awarded to Radheya Jegatheva for his film IRony. Technology nowadays connects continents, it multiplies work productivity, it looks at the universe as well as in the nanoworld. But what happens to people? The jury values the cinematic expression of the fact that today there are still people at the end of every technological device.
The Award of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences goes to directors Ľubomír Viľuda and Ivan Kršiak and their film Seven Sins of Civilisation. Terrorist attacks have become everyday reality and climatic changes are no longer a problem of the future. There is a migration tsunami going through Europe and the problems of others suddenly become our problems too. The jury awards the prize for the documentary treatment of the clash of different worlds, for recording the sins of our civilisation and the fact that the weight of these sins falls on our shoulders today.
The Award of the Faculty of Engineering goes to film Bugs: Nature’s Little Superheroes by German director Björn Platz. Are insects pests? Think twice before you answer. The jury appreciates the impeccable visual treatment and inspiring approach to the fact that these supposed pests can help solve big scientific problems – from biofuel production and bacterial resistance to cancer treatment.
The Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences awarded their prize to Intelligent Trees, a film by Julia Dordel and Guido Tölke. The jury appreciated the film for its exceptionally inspiring interpretation of the latest scientific research in the field of plant communication which can bring significant changes to the relationship of the forest and those who manage it.
The Award of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences was given to American director Geoff Haines-Stiles for film Even Big Data Starts Small. Big data? It is certain that however big it is already today, it brings huge changes to our lives. The jury appreciates the film’s treatment of the latest trends in citizen science, which is a growing space that gives data and its usage entirely new meanings.
The Best Food Film Award goes to Australian film Barbecue by director Matthew Salleh. Meat and fire. Since the dawn of human history these two things have symbolised survival. The jury recommends awarding the prize for the cinematic treatment of a story that can bring together the whole world.
The Prize for Science Popularisation goes to Jan Farkač for his life-long popularisation work and his effort in developing the project of “Biological Olympics” since 1993.