Seventh UNESCO Medals for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies

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© UNESCO/Christelle ALIX
26 June 2017

On 26 June2017, seven eminent scientists and scientific institutions received the UNESCO Medals for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies during a ceremony held at UNESCO headquarters, Paris. The medal is awarded each year by the Director-General of UNESCO to prominent scientists, public figures and organizations that contributed to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the spirit of UNESCO’s priorities.

From stronger and lighter materials development to drug design, from water depollution to information and communication technologies – nanoscience and nanotechnologies impact on our lives every single day and, yet, this cutting-edge field remains largely beyond the public eye” explained UNESCO’s Director General, Irina Bokova.

This is why the Medal was established in 2010 at the initiative of the International Commission responsible for developing the Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies theme for the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). Since then, 37 Medals have been awarded to prominent scientists, institutions and public figures, such Isamu Akasaki, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics, Zhores Alferov, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000, and Chunli Bai, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

These medals are a call to action,” said Irina Bokova to the laureates, “to continue moving forward on your scientific journeys, to continue inspiring young women and men with the pioneering spirit of scientific innovation and scientific cooperation.”

The 2017 UNESCO Medals for contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies were awarded to:

Dr Ashutosh Sharma – India

Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; founding Coordinator of the Nanoscience Unit within the Indian Department of Science and Technology; elected fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).
In virtue of his outstanding scientific achievements and merits in respect of development of nanotechnologies.
His research contributions are highly interdisciplinary, spanning a wide range in nanotechnology; carbon based nanocomposites and micro/nanoelectromechanical systems in energy, health and environment; functional interfaces; micro/nano-mechanics of soft matter; nanopatterning and nanofabrication.

Professor Theo Rasing – The Netherlands

Founder and Director of the Nijmegen Centre for Advanced Spectroscopy.
In virtue of his outstanding scientific achievements and merits in respect of development of nanotechnologies.
He is a pioneer in the development of new linear and nonlinear optical techniques for studying and manipulating molecules and materials with an emphasis on nanometer length and femtosecond time scales

Keysight Technologies - United States of America

In virtue of outstanding achievements and merits in respect of development of nanotechnologies and manufacturing application.
This company develops and manufactures instrumentation for nanotechnological investigations. More than three thousand peer-reviewed papers have been published using Keysight atomic force microscopy technology. The Medal was received by Mr Benoit Neel, Vice-President of Keysight Technologies.

Toyoda Gosei - Japan

In virtue of outstanding achievements and merits in respect of development of nanotechnologies and manufacturing application.
This company develops and manufactures LED and high-efficiency light-emitting devices. Core technologies developed by Toyoda Gosei opened the way for innovations in various fields including semiconductors and biotechnology (drug development support, agrobusiness). The Medal was received by Mr Toshihiro Yokoi, Managing Director, and Mr Koichi Ota, Executive Corporate Advisor of of Toyoda Gosei.

Dr Hun Many – Cambodia

President of the Cambodian Union of Youth Federation, Gusi Peace Prize laureate 2015, winner of the Asean People’s Award 2015.
In virtue of his promotion of the ideas of UNESCO in the sphere of nanotechnologies among the youth.
He has played a unique role in the promotion and outreach of nanotechnologies among young women and men in Cambodia

Dr Vladimir Bolshakov – Russian Federation

Saint-Petersburg Social Psychological Centre. 
In virtue of his promotion of the ideas of UNESCO in the sphere of nanotechnologies among the youth.
He works actively to involve youth to policy-making and education research programmes and to create youth education research platforms. The Medal was received by Mrs Tatiana Dovgalenko, Deputy permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO.

Moscow Technological University (MIREA) - Russian Federation

In virtue of outstanding achievements and merits in respect of development of nanotechnologies and training of students in the field of nanotechnologies.
The work of the Moscow Technological University is recognized as cutting-edge across the world, as a modern educational and research centre contributing to the development of nanotechnologies and nanoscience training for students. The Medal was received by Professor Dr Natalia Golovanova, Vice-Rector of MIREA.

 

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