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Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science  
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.

In accordance with the Prize Statutes, the governments of Member States of UNESCO and international non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO may each nominate one individual or group for the Prize.Contact
Henk ten Have
Secretary of the Avicenna Prize
1, rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15 France
E-mail: comest@unesco.org

Laureates of the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science

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.

See also

  Professor Renzong Qiu receives the  2009 Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science at  UNESCO   Professor Renzong Qiu receives the 2009 Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science at UNESCO
11-12-2009 (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.  More...


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