The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will award the Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science to Professor Diego Andrés Golombek of the University of Quilmes in Buenos Aires, Argentina in a ceremony at the World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary, on 4 November.
An independent jury selected Professor Golombek for the Prize in recognition of his tireless contribution to science communication and education in diverse and entertaining formats, notably for his role in the development of Argentina’s first Science Cultural Centre at the Ricardo Rojas Centre in Buenos Aires, where the sciences meet the arts.
Professor Diego Andrés Golombek is a teacher, researcher and author who holds a PhD in biology and a degree in music. He is an expert in the neurochemistry of circadian rhythms in mammals, specifically the time-dependent effects of the pineal hormone melatonin on different behaviours, and heads the Chronobiology laboratory of the University of Quilmes.
Professor Golombek has published numerous scientific articles and contributed to a great many specialized publications. He has also published a number of books on science for the general public, as well as short stories and poems. He also writes a weekly column on science for the Sunday magazine La Nación.
The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is an international distinction created by UNESCO in 1951 following a donation from Mr Bijoyanand Patnaik, Founder and President of the Kalinga Foundation Trust in India. The $5,000 Prize is awarded every two years to reward the efforts of a person who has had a distinguished career as a writer, editor, lecturer, radio or television programme director or film producer, which has helped interpret science, research and technology to the public.
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