UNESCO prizes in science

For the time being, UNESCO has eight prizes in science but the Organization is in the process of revising the statutes and financial regulations of some of these prizes, in order to ensure their conformity with the guidelines for prize management decided by UNESCO’s Executive Board in March 2005.

Read the Executive Board document: AR, CH, EN, ES, FR, RU

All but one of UNESCO’s eight prizes in science is awarded biennially, the exception being the most recent of these, the L'Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, which is awarded annually. The popularization of science is one of UNESCO’s oldest programmes, with the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science dating from 1952.

The eight prizes are:

  1. UNESCO Science Prize, for an outstanding contribution to the technological development of a developing country or region (under review),
  2.  UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science,
  3.  Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology (under review),
  4. Javed Husain Prize for Young Scientists (under review),
  5. Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation,
  6. Great Man-Made River International Prize for Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (under review),
  7. UNESCO/Institut Pasteur Medal for an outstanding contribution to the development of scientific knowledge that has a beneficial impact on human health (under review),
  8. L'Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science.
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