Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science
Avicenna Prize is a biennial award, established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO. This award is intended to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science. Promoting ethical reflection on issues raised by advances in science and technology, this award is expected to help with significant increase in 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 the 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 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.
Nominations for the Prize should be submitted, by filling out the nomination form in either English or French, by post (the original form) and, if possible, by e-mail (advanced copy). Please note that additional materials (publications, video, audio and other teaching materials, etc.) can also be attached to the nomination form.
The completed, signed and stamped nomination forms can be posted / emailed to:
Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science,
Social and Human Sciences Sector,
1 rue Miollis,
75732 Paris Cedex 15, FRANCE
E-mail: avicenna. prize (at) unesco. org
For further information, you can also contact the UNESCO office in France on:
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 38 57 /ext.38 22,
Fax: +33(0)1 45 68 55 15