11.12.2009 -

Professor Renzong Qiu receives the 2009 Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science at UNESCO

The Director-General of UNESCO has awarded the 2009 Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science to Professor Renzong Qiu (People’s Republic of China). The laureate was honoured formally by the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Marcio Barbosa, on behalf of the Director-General, at a ceremony that took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 18 December 2009.

The laureate was awarded a certificate, a gold medal commemorating his contribution to the field of ethics, as well as a cheque of US$10,000 and delivered, as the recipient of the prize, a keynote lecture. Several selected papers on the Ethics of Science and Technology will be collected in a volume to be published by UNESCO in 2010.

Professor Qiu is a pioneer in the field of bioethics whose research in the ethics of science and steadfast public advocacy of ethical issues related to science have established him as a major figure both in the Chinese academic community and worldwide.

His illustrious career in the field of ethics has been further demonstrated by the publication of over 20 volumes and nearly 280 articles. In addition, he has drafted ethical guidelines which have been essential to both researchers and policy-makers alike.

His research in life-sustaining technology, assisted reproduction technology, public health and cloning, have thus been supplemented by political initiatives in ethical policy. He has been an instrumental figure in the interpretation and implementation of universal ethical principles in the People’s Republic of China and has been actively involved in raising awareness about ethical issues and their implicit relationship to good governance, social welfare and human rights.

Professor Qiu is currently an 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. Professor Qiu currently serves as the Vice-President of the Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Health and is also a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on AIDS and Human Rights.

For further information, please contact:
Henk ten Have
Secretary of the Prize, and
Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology at UNESCO
E-mail: h.tenhave(at)unesco.org




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