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The rapid growth Lenovo has recently experienced in emerging markets has prompted the company to partner with TWAS to launch a high-level prize to give international recognition and visibility to individual scientists in the developing world for their outstanding scientific achievements.
During the first four-year cycle (2013-2016), the award subject focused on the basic sciences, with the specific subject area changing each year: physics and astronomy (2013), biological sciences (2014), mathematics (2015) and chemical sciences (2016).
During the second cycle the award subjects are: Geological Sciences (2017), Engineering Sciences (2018), Agricultural Sciences (2020), Social and Economic Sciences (2022).
Nominations are invited from TWAS members, selected individuals, as well as from science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions. Nominations of women scientists are particularly encouraged. Self-nominations and nominations from jury members will not be accepted.
About The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate. They shared a belief that developing nations, by building strength in science and engineering, could build the knowledge and skill to address such challenges as hunger, disease and poverty. From the start, the Academy had essential support from Italian scientists and political leaders. The Third World Academy of Sciences, as it was first known, was inaugurated officially in 1985 during a ceremony attended by UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. Initially, TWAS had 42 elected fellows – nine of them Nobel laureates. By action of the TWAS Council, the name was changed effective in 2013 to The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries. Today, TWAS has 1,278 elected Fellows representing more than 100 countries; 14 of them are Nobel laureates. About 84% come from developing nations, and the rest are scientists and engineers from the developed world whose work has had a significant impact in the South. TWAS Fellows are some of the world’s most accomplished scientists and engineers, and they are the foundation for all of the Academy’s work.
Aim and Benefits of TWAS-Lenovo Science Award
The TWAS-Lenovo Science Award will carry a monetary award of USD100,000 provided by Lenovo, as well as a medal and a certificate highlighting the recipient’s major contributions to science. The award will be presented to the recipient at a special ceremony arranged by TWAS.
Requirements for TWAS-Lenovo Science Award Qualification
In 2022 the award will be given to an individual in recognition of his/her pioneering achievements in social and economic sciences that have direct impact on crosscutting SDGs and intersectionality, including but not limited to:
- poverty and hunger reduction (including food and nutrition security)
- inequalities (including gender inequities and gender violence)
- quality education (including inclusive education and teacher education)
- health (including mental health, well-being and pandemics)
- climate change (including adaptation/resilience and climate financing)
- clean energy and safe drinking water
Candidates must be nationals of a developing country, living and working in the Global South for at least the last 10 years. The award will only be conferred to an individual for scientific research in social and economic sciences of outstanding international merit carried out at institutions in developing countries.
Self-nominations and nominations from jury members will not be accepted. Fellows of TWAS are eligible for the TWAS-Lenovo Science Award.
Jury members and previous winners of the Trieste Science Prize (also administered by TWAS) are not eligible for the TWAS-Lenovo Science Award. Individuals who have received the Nobel Prize, the Tokyo/Kyoto Prize, the Crafoord Prize and the Abel Prize are not eligible for the TWAS-Lenovo Science Award.
Interview date, Process and Venue for TWAS-Lenovo Science Award
The evaluation and selection will be carried out by an authoritative international jury chaired by the TWAS president and including a representative from Lenovo.
May 18, 2022
How to Apply
For more details, visit TWAS website.
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