Past participants joined the QLA event at SER 2015. Carline Pitz, University of Liège, Belgium - QLA 2nd prize Benelux 2014, Philip Wheeler, Open University, UK - QLA 3rd international prize 2012, and Klára Řehounková, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic - QLA 1st international prize 2012, shared their experience around their QLA project.

Three different testimonials which showed the audience the many good reasons why to participate. All having one thing in common: the opportunity to have access to restricted quarries and see the direct implementation of their research work that too often remain on paper.

Carline Pitz, University of Liège, Belgium - QLA 2nd prize Benelux 2014
In 2014, our research unit participated to the QLA in the Benelux. This experience was very interesting both for the team and myself. While research projects often stay focus on a specific thematic, the QLA allowed us to share ideas and methods.

Thanks to our blog on the QLA website, our project was also beneficial for our public visibility. By sharing our findings and vulgarize our work we demonstrated what a research team can accomplish. And I could finally show my friends what my work is all about!

Our participation gave us the opportunity to share scientific and field constraints knowledge with the quarrying sector. By accessing quarry sites, we understood the sector constraints. We hope to have been beneficial to quarries in their understanding of how their sites can play an important role for nature.

Finally, the QLA award allowed us to share knowledge and experience with another university research team. An exchange trip was organized on the topic of biodiversity conservation in quarries.
 

Philip Wheeler, Open University, UK - QLA 3rd international prize 2012
Participating in the Quarry Life Award was for me a great experience. Before the project I had never engaged with the minerals sector, but this opened up a new exciting opportunity to work with industry to explore how to improve the biodiversity value of quarry sites, in particular for wading birds.
 

For a conservation biologist it is very rewarding to see the direct results and the implementation of your research; our recommendations usually remaining more on paper than in reality. I was proud that my work was of real practical value to the quarry manager who was looking to boost biodiversity on his site.

In addition, I got to meet my childhood hero, Dr Jane Goodall, at the 2012 International Ceremony. This I will never forget!
 

Klára Řehounková, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic - QLA 1st international prize 2012
Klara explained the audience how her project has evolved since she won the Grand Prize in 2012. This project really takes a lot of time and you still have to refrain nature from its enthusiasm to grow naturally!