On 19 September 2013, during a major jubilee celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Botany, the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Botany and the 230 th anniversary of the Botanical Garden of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Director of IB Academy of Sciences, professor dr hab. Konrad Wołowski received at the hands of professor. dr hab. Jerzy Duszyński MEDAL POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES FOR SPECIAL MERIT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE AND POLISH WORLD, IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOCIAL ROLE OF SCIENCE.

DOC. DR. HAB. HALINA BEDNAREK – OCHYRA, PROF. PAS – Laureate of JILL SMYTHIES award granted by The Linnaeus Society of London

Jill Smythies award, which is granted by The Linnaeus Society of London, in 2009, was obtained by our colleague Dr. Hab. Halina Bednarek-Ochyra. This prestigious award was founded in 1988 by BC Smythies Hon, FLS, in honour of his wife Florence Mary Smythies ("Jill") whose career as a botanical artist was prematurely interrupted by illness of her right hand. Regulations provide that the jury awards it annually (it consists of a medal and financial gratification) for the master level of botanical illustration that is published in the form of drawings or paintings, with an emphasis on botanical accuracy and faithful representation of the diagnostic features.

Halina Bednarek-Ochyra is the first Pole, who was honoured with this prestigious award and in general the first Pole that was awarded by this elite Scientific Society. The award was given to her for wonderful illustrations in The Illustrated Moss Flora of Antarctica of which she is a co-author with Ryszard Ochyra and Ronald I. Lewis Smith. This excellent monographic of Antarctic mosses, published in November 2008 by the world renowned Cambridge University Press, is the first modern Flora of moss in the southern hemisphere and the second continental Flora developed by Polish researchers. The ceremony, where she received the award, was held on May 21, 2009 at The Linnaeus Society in Burlington House in London. It coincided with her 50th birthday anniversary, the 30-anniversary of beginning her studies at the Jagiellonian University and the 22-anniversary of scientific work at the W. Szafer's Institute of Botany PAS.