Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science

Established in 2003 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 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, 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.

Call for Candidates - 2015 Edition

UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to propose candidates for the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2015.

Deadline for the submission of candidates: 2 February 2015 at midnight.

Who is eligible?

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.

How to submit your nomination

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted, no later than 2 February 2015, by filling out the nomination form in either English or French, by post (the original form) and, if possible, by e-mail (advanced copy).

Additional materials (publications, video, audio and other teaching materials, etc.) may be attached to the nomination form.

Download the Nomination Form

Send it, duly signed and stamped, to

UNESCO
Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science
Social and Human Sciences Sector
1 rue Miollis
75732 Paris Cedex 15 FRANCE
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 38 57 / ext. 38 22
Fax: +33(0)1 45 68 55 15
E-mail: avicenna.prize(at)unesco.org

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