2019 UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science

UNESCO invites the Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO, various professional, academic and non-governmental organizations active in the field of ethics of science and technology, members of relevant UNESCO’s expert bodies and UNESCO’s partners, to propose candidates for the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2019.

Candidates shall have contributed to high-quality research in the field of ethics of science and technology. The Prize may be conferred upon individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations

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Overview:

Intended to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science, the Prize encourages ethical reflection, research, and activities on issues raised by recent scientific and technological advances.

The theme of this year’s edition of the Prize is “Ethics of Environment” with a specific thematic focus on the ethics of climate change and environmental sustainability – a goal that fully converges with UNESCO’s priorities. Nominations should strictly take into consideration this year’s theme and the specific thematic vision of the Prize.

About the Prize:

Established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 166th session on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, this Prize, awarded every two years, is intended to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science.

By thus promoting ethical reflection on issues raised by advances in science and technology, it is expected to help significantly to increase international awareness and highlight the importance of ethics in science.

The Prize owes its name to the renowned 11th-century physician and philosopher of Persian origin known in Europe as Avicenna (980-1038). A healer and a humanist, Avicenna developed an exemplary holistic approach that captures the essence of ethics in science and has thus come to serve as a source of inspiration for the promotion of this concern, which is of central importance to UNESCO. In Spring 2017, the Executive Board of UNESCO renewed the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science for a period of six years.

Location:

Iran

Benefits

The Prize consists of:

  • a gold medal of Avicenna along with a certificate,
  • the sum of USD 50,000, and
  • a one-week academic visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is to include the delivery of speeches in the relevant academic gatherings, organized for this purpose by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Eligibilities

The purpose of the Prize is to reward activities in the field of ethics in science, including:

  • high-quality ethical scholarly reflection and research on issues raised by recent scientific and technological advances;
  • major contributions to providing advice to policy-makers on ethical questions in research and development in order to establish and support science ethics policies and committees;
  • activities aimed at developing education and training regarding the ethical dimensions of science;
  • outstanding contributions to fostering science communication, public awareness, and debate on the ethics of science and technology.
Eligible Regions: UNESCO Member States

Application Process

Candidates can apply/nominate through the given link. The application shall be completed in either English or French. It should include:

  • Nomination form
  • If a candidate is an institution/organization, the nominator should provide UNESCO with a copy of the candidate’s General Rules/Statutes(the relevant document may be sent to UNESCO by e-mail to [email protected]).
  • At least two statements (letters or e-mail messages) of support, from an institution/personality, providing the supporters’ own professional perspectives concerning the nominated achievement and emphasizing the relevance of the nomination vis-à-vis the requirements of the Prize
  • List of enclosed annexes
  • List of translations: If an official translation of the candidate’s work into either English or French does not exist, it is recommended to supply a detailed explanation in English or French, or a partial translation, of the content

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Application Deadline: September 9, 2019 (15 Days Remaining)

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For Further Queries

Any inquiries in regard to the nomination process should be addressed directly to the Secretariat of the Prize (e-mail: [email protected]).
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