The Thesis Prize aims to recognize young talent in the Spatial Sciences and to promote the cultural aspects and social relevance of the Spatial Sciences. Participation is open to all master students in the Netherlands. In 2019, the Herta Macht Thesis Prize was awarded for the last time.
Carlo Leonardi's thesis title, "Experiencing the Post-Mining Wonder: Reclaiming a new purpose for post-mining landscapes in the Quadrilatero Ferrifero (MG), Brazil".
The judges were particularly impressed by the innovative nature of his thesis on landscape reclamation. They considered it was an interesting topic, with strong fieldwork, that was innovative, creatively presented, and well written.