Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science

Established 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 medieval Islam Abu Ali al-Husain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina (980-1038), known in Europe as Avicenna. 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, 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.

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Laureates of the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science

18 December 2009 Professor Renzong Qiu (People’s Republic of China) Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy (People’s Republic of China) and Professor and Chairperson of the Academic Committee at the Centre for Bioethics at the Peking Union Medical College.

14 April 2006 Professor Abdallah S. Daar (Sultanate of Oman) Director of the Program in Applied Ethics and Biotechnology and Co-Director of the Canadian Program on Genomics and Global Health at the University of Toronto, Canada.

26 April 2004 Professor Margaret Somerville (Australia/Canada), Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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