Meeting of the International Jury of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science (2015)

When, local time: 
Monday, 27 April 2015 - 10:00am to Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 5:30pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 6-Expert Committee
Contact: 
avicenna.prize@unesco.org

The International Jury of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2015, appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO in 2015, will meet at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 27 and 28 April 2015. The Jury will consider the nominations by UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO.

The Jury will submit its recommendations to the Director-General who will nominate a laureate.

The name of the prizewinner and the date and place of the award ceremony will be officially announced in a UNESCO press release. In 2015, the Prize will be awarded for the fourth time.

The purpose of the Prize is to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science. The Prize encourages ethical reflection on questions raised by scientific and technological advances - a goal that coincides with UNESCO’s priorities.

Established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 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.

The Prize consists of a gold medal of Avicenna along with a certificate, the sum of $10,000, and a one-week academic visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran.