UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science

UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science

Established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 166th session, the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science is awarded every two years to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the field of ethics in science. Its purpose is to highlight the importance of ethics in science, to develop a reflection on the issue and to bring it to the attention of scientists and the general public.

The Prize rewards the following activities:

High-quality reflection and research

on ethical issues raised by recent scientific and technological advances

Policy advice on ethical issues in research and development

to better design and implement science ethics policies

Activities

aimed at developing educational practices and training about the ethical dimensions of science

Outstanding contributions

to foster science communication, public awareness. and debate on the ethics of science and technology

Abu Ali ibn Sina (Avicenna)

Laureate 2019 - Professor Donald A. Brown (USA)

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, awarded the 2019 edition of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science to Professor Donald A. Brown, Scholar in Residence for Sustainability Ethics and Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School (USA). This year’s Avicenna Prize, its 5th edition, was dedicated to the ethics of the environment.

UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science - Laureate - Donald A. Brown

Find out more about the Prize

Who was Avicenna
UNESCO
2004

This 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.

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Statutes of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science
2019

In Spring 2017, the Executive Board of UNESCO renewed the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science for a period of six years.

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Contact

Dafna Feinholz
Secretary of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science
Chief of the Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology Section
Social and Human Sciences Sector
UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy
75732 Paris Cedex 07 SP France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 06 54 / ext. 10 87
E-mail: avicenna.prize@unesco.org