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15 scientists from 6 countries are the main nominees for the title of the Global Energy Prize laureates

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 maggio 2019

39 scientists from 12 countries took part in the contention for the Prize in the XVII nomination cycle of Global Energy Prize. The short list is based on the international experts` assessments. Starting from this year, the Prize will be given in three categories: “Traditional energy”, “Non-traditional energy” and “New ways of energy application”. The short list includes five candidates in each of the nominations. Most submissions for the Prize were accepted for the “Traditional energy” nomination, secondly for the “Non-traditional energy” and thirdly – “New ways of energy application”. It is noteworthy that the analysis of all areas of scientific research of nominees of this year shows that the majority of studies are dedicated to renewable energy (20.51%), followed by work related to the areas of nuclear energy (12.82%), energy efficiency (12.82%) and electricity (12.82%).The short list of the 2019 Global Energy Prize nominees is as follows: “Traditional energy” nomination:
Academician Igor Grekhov (Russia) – “for his outstanding contribution to power semiconductor electronics and for the invention of new principles of high-speed switching of high power with semiconductor devices”;
Professor Zhongmin Liu (China) – “for research, commercialization and development of technologies for producing olefins and ethanol from methanol for efficient coal conversion”;
RAS Academician Viktor Maslov (Russia) – “for fundamental contribution to the basics of supercritical regime in thermodynamics and safety of nuclear power plants in emergency situations through the theoretical development of technological measures to eliminate and prevent accidents”;
Professor Sergey Mirnov (Russia) – “for his exceptional contribution to the development of thermonuclear fusion technologies as a sustainable source of future energy”;
Dr. Dmitriy Zverev (Russia) – “for outstanding contribution to the creation and development of low-power reactor plants for the icebreaker fleet and power supply of the Arctic region”.
“Non-traditional energy” nomination:
Professor Frede Blaabjerg (Denmark) – “for outstanding technical contribution to the development of power electronic technology with the aim of widespread growth in the use of renewable energy”;
Professor Nigel Brandon (UK) – “for fundamental work in the field of materials science and development of technology for the creation of solid oxide fuel cells and composite electrodes for fuel cells and batteries”;
Dr. Arthur Nozik (USA) – “for fundamental and applied research of direct conversion of light energy into solar fuel, chemical products and electricity, as well as research of optical and electronic properties of nanostructures and their possible applications”;
Professor Henry James Snate (UK) – “for the discovery and development of efficient perovskite solar cells and the commercialization of tandem perovskite-silicon solar cells with efficiency above 28%”;
Dr. Peidong Yang (USA) – “for developing semiconductor biohybrid artificial photosynthetic system”.
“New ways of energy application” nomination:
Dr. Khalil Amin (USA) – “for his outstanding contribution to the development of the global electrochemical industry and the development of technologies for the production of high-performance cathodes, anodes and electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries of the new generation”;
Professor Russell Dean Dupius (USA) – “for the innovations in MOCVD growth and III-V compound semiconductors and for the growth of high-quality III-V compound semiconductor materials and heterostructure devices by the vapor-phase epitaxial growth process called metalorganic chemical vapor deposition”;
Professor Kemal Hanjalik (Netherlands) – “for fundamental and applied research in the field of turbulence, the development of statistical, vortex and hybrid modeling methods, as well as successful demonstration of their capabilities in the study of new and improvement of existing processes and equipment in energy and ecology”;
RAS Academician Dr. Alexey Hohlov (Russia) – “for outstanding achievements in the physics of polymers, which led to the creation of polymer materials for the effective absorption of solar energy and electrochemical power sources”.
Dr. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis (USA) – “for outstanding achievements in the development of semiconductor thermoelectric materials for the efficient conversion of thermal energy into electrical energy and the development of photovoltaic devices based on perovskites”.
Recall that the meeting of the International Award Committee will be held in Moscow on May, 28. During the voting, 20 experts from 14 countries will determine the laureates of the Prize and their names will be announced at the official press conference.
The press-conference will be held on May, 30 at 11.00 at the address: press center of the TASS (the second floor), 2, Tverskoy blvd, Moscow.

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The VIII Global Energy Prize Summit in Germany

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 aprile 2019

The VIII Global Energy Prize Summit will take place at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, on April 10, 2019. Under the heading “Energy in the new technological cycle” world-leading scientists, politicians and industry experts from 13 countries will meet to discuss the most pressing energy and climate challenges of today. Within the framework of this topic, a panel session and several round tables will be held at the Summit. World experts share the view that humanity is on the threshold of a new technological cycle, which entails changes in the main spheres of society. Undoubtedly, the transition to a new stage is not possible without efficient, reliable and safe energy. Are the world community and modern infrastructure facilities ready for large-scale transformations? The participants of the panel session “Energy in the new technological cycle” will consider the obstacles to transitioning to a new paradigm, the trends of the future of energy, and how humanity will benefit from this next industrial revolution. In addition, experts will identify ways to achieve universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy sources for all, which the UN defines as one of the key goals of sustainable mankind`s development. According to the UN, one in five people worldwide does not have access to electricity. More than a billion people, mostly in rural areas, suffer from “energy hunger”. The round table “Energy requirements for sustainable development” will consider the environmental, economic, and social aspects of achieving global energy goals and the role of international energy cooperation in this regard.The need to determine these factors today is dictated, among other things, by the fact that the scale of change and the complexity of implementing the solutions that the current industrial revolution will require is different from previous global transformations. This revolution is characterized by full automation of production, the growing role of robotics and artificial intelligence, as well as the increasing interconnection between people and machines. The introduction of cyber-physical systems and the digitalization of production processes will not only lead to significant changes in traditional industries, but also to the creation of entirely new sectors of the economy.Do we expect the revolution, or do we already live in it? What changes do we need to prepare for? Will robots and unmanned equipment be able to replace humans? Which projects of the future are already being implemented today? The experts at the round table on the fourth industrial revolution will answer these questions, among others, and consider the impact of the new technological reality on the energy sector. “Our generation is witnessing global technological changes that will affect all spheres of society. The scale of these changes is comparable to the invention of the steam engine, the first computer technology, the world wide web. We live in a period of transition. Technology is changing faster than ever, creating new challenges, including in the energy sector. We need to be prepared to accept the demands of the new era. For these purposes, it is necessary to develop a common strategy of action. I am convinced that our Summit as a permanent communication platform will help to find solutions to these issues and will contribute to the development of energy dialogue, in which the leading role is assigned to scientists-developers of advanced technologies,” said the Acting President of the Global Energy Association Alexander Ignatov.In addition to the discussion part of the Summit, the Global Energy Association will also present its new Global Energy Youth Program. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has previously expressed interest in the project and is already selecting its students to participate in it. The best researchers of the KIT will present their scientific work to the Global Energy Association`s experts and will receive meaningful assessments of their works. The authors of the best projects will get a chance to be one of the first to join the Global Energy Youth Program.

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Al-Sumait Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 marzo 2019

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Amir of the State of Kuwait awarded the 2018 Al-Sumait prize, which comprises of one million dollars, a gold medal and shield at a special ceremony this morning in Kuwait.The co recipients of the 2018 Al-Sumait Prize for research that has impacted development in Africa were Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa and CAPRISA Professor of Global Health at Columbia University, who received half a million dollars. The second half of the prize shared equally by Professor Sheila K. West Vice Chair for Research Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Rakai Health Sciences Program represented by Professor Maria Wawer and Professor David Serwada.Professor Abdool Karim, the first African scientist to receive the award said, ”I am deeply humbled and honoured by the award as it is recognition not just for me, but for the thousands of researchers in Africa and around the world making a difference to those most in need.” He went on to say “Our work however, is far from done as nearly 5000 new HIV infections continue to occur around the world each and every day.”Professor West thanked the Amir and the Al-Sumait Prize Board of Trustees for the award and said, “158 million people live in trachoma endemic areas and the impact of the blindness it causes is both socially and economically disastrous this award will help us to build on the work we have done and raise awareness so families and communities don’t have to live under this threat in the future”Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers the prize told the audience that this years Laureates had been working tirelessly to improve life expectancy and quality of life for millions of people living on the continent of Africa and beyond and their dedication and determination was truly inspiring”.
Initiated in 2013 by His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development is designed to reward innovative and inspiring initiatives and research by individuals and organizations that address the challenges facing the African continent. The award recognizes and honours individuals or institutions that help advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in Africa.The Al-Sumait Board of Trustees comprises prominent international personalities in the field of development in Africa and are world-renowned philanthropists. The Board is chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait.Other trustees include Mr Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Makhtar Diop, Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, Dr Kwaku Aning, Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Mr Abdulatif Al-Hamad, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.

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The short list of the nominees for the Global Energy Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 maggio 2018

Moscow June, 7 at 12 a.m. TASS press center, 2 Tverskoy blvd. The short list of the nominees for the Global Energy Prize was announced at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018). Within the framework of the panel session ‘Science is doing what politics cannot do’ Rae Kwon Chung (Korea), the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, unveiled the top 10 of candidates. Among the possible winners of the award, which recognizes annually breakthrough technologies in the field of energy from all over the world, are the world’s leading scientists. They represent Australia, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA. The laureates of the Global Energy Prize will be announced on June 7, 2018 during the official press conference in Moscow. 44 scientists from 14 countries have contended for the Prize in its XVI cycle. According to the evaluations of the international experts and the working group of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, the list of ten the most promising researchers was compiled. It is noteworthy that five out of this ten nominees work in the field of renewable energy sources, while developments in power generation and energy efficiency hold the second place in main areas of these researchers` focus. Therefore, these scholars have formed the short list: Sergey Alekseenko (Russia), Khalil Amine (USA), Russell Dean Dupuis (USA), Martin Green (Australia), Igor Grekhov (Russia), Kemal Hanjalic (Netherlands), Yumei Lu (China), Lee Rybeck Lynd (USA), Elon Musk (USA), Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Germany). As a recall, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee meeting will be held in Moscow on June 5. Twenty prominent experts from 13 countries will decide during the election who of the short-listed nominees will be recognized by the prestigious award.
The Global Energy Prize is an international award for outstanding scientific research and technological development in energy, which contribute to efficiency and environmentally friendly energy sources for the benefit of humanity. It was established in Russia through the Global Energy Association and with the support of leading Russian energy companies Gazprom, FGC UES and Surgutneftegas.
Since 2003, the Global Energy Prize has been awarded to 35 Laureates from 11 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and the US. Self-nomination for the prize is not acceptable. Only experts of the nomination pool are eligible to nominate candidates for the award. In total, citizens of 90 countries have participated in the nomination process. The final choice of the laureates is made by The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, which consists of 20 respected scientists from 13 countries. The monetary reward for 2017 Prize was RUB 39 million (around $ 700 000).

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Building on a Legacy: Introducing the Zayed Sustainability Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

The Zayed Future Energy Prize will today become the Zayed Sustainability Prize as part of a strategic move to refocus its mandate. After ten years of successfully promoting renewable energy initiatives across the globe, the Prize will now broaden its focus to affect greater humanitarian impact by supporting a wider range of solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.
Commenting on the Prize’s transformation, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “Inspired by the vision and legacy of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has, for the last decade, been able to positively impact 307 million lives through empowering access to energy, clean water, education, training, advocacy and more.“In a move to align more closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s developing national agenda, going forward the Prize will broaden its reach beyond renewable energy, and reward projects and innovative solutions from a wider spectrum of sustainability and human development initiatives. In addition the Prize will expand its support of young people through the Global High Schools category, which will now reward youth-driven projects from a greater number of world regions.”Based on its renewed mission, the Prize now has five distinct categories for applicants to choose from: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. These pillars are interconnected and representative of basic needs essential to human survival where innovations will yield progress in sustainable development.Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “The new categories were carefully selected to reflect the most pressing sustainability challenges and offer the greatest socio-economic impact on the lives of people around the world.”
“The Zayed Sustainability Prize will also look to inspire today’s youth to be forward-thinkers and cultivate within them a vested interest in becoming agents of change for sustainable development – after all, youth of today are leaders of tomorrow. Beyond that, we look to recognise existing innovations and amplify their reach so that they may benefit more people and bring us closer to helping solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges,” Dr. Lamya added.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize will see a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence that is conducted by a reputed international research and analysis consultancy. Following this, the shortlisted entries will undergo evaluations by a Selection Committee to determine the finalists. From these finalists, a Jury will select the winners in all five categories, including the winning schools from six world regions.

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The laureate of the US$1million 2017 cycle of the Al-Sumait Prize in the field ofEducation has been announced following its Board of Trustees meeting in Kuwait City

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 novembre 2017

His Highness the Amir of the State KuwaitKuwait City. Laureate for the 2017 cycle of Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in the field of Education has been endorsed by the Prize’s Board of Trustees for its exemplary work in Education development in Africa. The recipient organization of the US$1million prize of this prestigious award is The African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Nairobi, Kenya. The decision was announced at the conclusion of Al-Sumait’s Board of Trustees meeting in Kuwait City.The African Women Educationalists is awarded the prize for its achievements in significantly enhancing gender equity and equality in education through targeted programs, having a profound impact on attitudes and practices towards girls’ education and influencing education policies in 33 African countries.Commenting, Al-Sumait’s Board Chairman H.E. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said “Our goal, with this prize, is to promote positive change across Africa, and this newly announced laureate of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development has been working tirelessly in the field of education to create a positive and sustainable difference across Africa.”Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers the award, said: “The organization awarded the 2017 Al-Sumait Prize in the field of Education represents innovative, exciting initiatives being carried out to address education access and quality as well as gender equity challenges facing Africa”He added that FAWE will receive the award at the KFAS Prizes Ceremony in December under the patronage of His Highness the Amir of the State Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah.The 2015 Al-Sumait Prize in the field of Health is was awarded to Professor Kevin Marsh in recognition of his sustained research and fieldwork to control and eradicate malaria.The2016 prize in the field of Food Security was jointly awarded to the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
Members of Al-Sumait PrizeAl-Sumait’s Board is chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Other board members include: Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Kwaku Aning, Chairman of the Governing Board of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman of Ghana Nuclear Energy Institute and Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Abdulatif Alhamad, Director General and Chairman of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Tareq Al-Mutawa, Executive Member of the Board of Public Gathering Charity Committee and Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa, The World Bank.
Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prizes are a set of annual awards designed to honor significant advances in the fields of food security, health and education in Africa. Administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees, the awards celebrate the work and accomplishments of Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who spent his lifetime helping the poor in Africa in the field of health and education. The objective of the prizes is to recognize best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives that have a significant impact and lasting influence on advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa.

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The Nobel physics prize goes to the spotters of gravitational waves

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 ottobre 2017

scienceWAITING for a Nobel prize can be time consuming. Since 1985, more than half of the prizes in physics have been awarded for work done more than two decades previously. This year’s prize, though, was different. It went to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne, all of whom were involved in the first-ever detection, just two years ago, of gravitational waves.Such waves are one of the many predictions of Albert Einstein’s century-old theory of relativity. As Einstein realised, gravity arises from the fact that mass distorts the space and time around itself. That distortion modifies the paths of objects moving nearby. Crunch the equations which describe the process, and they suggest that moving masses should create ripples which radiate out into the universe.Several years ago, observations of the behaviour of pairs of dead stars called pulsars provided indirect evidence that such waves are real. But detecting them directly has proved harder, for gravitational waves are ephemeral things. The ones spotted in 2015 came from the collision of a pair of black holes, one of the most violent events in the universe. By the time the ripples from that catastrophe had reached Earth, 1.3 billion years after the event, they had faded into the merest breath.Spotting such susurrations requires sensitive machines. All three laureates worked on an American gravitatonal-wave detector called LIGO, which was completed in 2002. LIGO works by splitting a laser beam in two and sending the daughter beams up and down a pair of tunnels, each four kilometres long, which are set at right angles to each other. Any passing gravitational wave should stretch and compress the two arms in different ways, causing infinitesimal changes in the time it takes the laser beams to traverse them. In order to confirm that it really is seeing gravitational waves the machine has two such pairs of tunnels—one in Washington state and one in Louisiana. A gravitational wave, as opposed to some transient local disturbance, will be seen almost (but not quite) simultaneously at both.Despite its sensitivity, LIGO’s initial run came up empty-handed. It was only after a series of upgrades, starting in 2010, that it became sensitive enough to detect the waves finally and unambiguously. Spotting them meant ruling out interference created by things like lorries travelling on nearby roads, or ocean waves crashing against the shore hundreds of kilometres away.Since 2015, more discoveries have been made. A few days before the Nobel award, LIGO announced the detection of its fourth gravitational wave. And more detectors are coming online. The most recent detection was aided by a European instrument, VIRGO, based in Italy. Other devices are under construction in India and Japan. A space-based system called LISA, with “arms” millions of kilometres long (and, as a result, much higher sensitivity) is scheduled for launch in the 2030s.But this year’s physics prize honours more than just another confirmation of Einstein’s cleverness. Machines like LIGO and VIRGO are not merely detectors. They can be used as telescopes, too. Up until now, astronomers have had to rely on the electromagnetic spectrum—from radio waves, through visible light, to gamma radiation—to gaze at the universe. Gravitational waves offer a new window on the world, and could help astronomers see things, like black-hole collisions or the state of the universe shortly after the Big Bang, that electromagnetism cannot.
Clarification (September 3rd, 2017): This piece has been updated to remove references to gravity waves by The Economist).

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Kuwait City, Kuwait. Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development today

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

educationAnnounced an extension for nominations for its 2017 award for education to the end of June 2017. Applications for the prize need to be received by Al-Sumait’s Prize office no later than June 30, 2017. The aim of Al-Sumait’s Education Prize is to recognise pioneering contributions to education across Africa, said Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin “Al-Sumait’s 2017 Education Prize is open to individuals and organizations delivering pioneering contributions across the education spectrum in Africa,” said Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers the prestigious prize. Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin said the aim of the prize is to recognize efforts to improve access throughout the African continent to basic or advanced education, boost literacy and decrease dependence of children’s education on the socio-economic status of their parents. Key conditions for the prize include being able to demonstrate research work or projects that are innovative and have achieved high-impact in line with the international standards established for the prize. Dr. Shihan-Eldin said the one million dollar Al-Sumait’s Education award will build on the success of the recently awarded Al-Sumait 2015 Health and 2016 Food Security awards in creating a legacy of solid transformation in the lives of countless underprivileged individuals and societies.Al-Sumait’s education prize aims to recognise efforts to further educational development in Africa at all levels, from basic school through university and beyond.“The winners of Al-Sumait’s 2015 health and 2016 food security awards demonstrated initiatives of paramount importance in promoting significant economic, social, human resources and infrastructure development in the African continent. Now educationalists have their opportunity to put forward their innovative work and projects to furthering development in Africa,” said Dr. Shihab-Eldin.Initiated in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development is designed to reward innovative and inspiring initiatives and research by individuals and organizations that address the challenges facing the African continent. The award recognizes and honors individuals and institutions who help advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in Africa. (photo: Education)

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Nomination period closed for Al-Sumait Food Security Prize, shortlist chosen from 49 applicants

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 agosto 2016

foodKuwait City. The Nomination & Search Committee of the Kuwait-sponsored Al-Sumait Food Security Prize has prepared a shortlist of potential winners from the total 49 nominations for the award that closed for entries on June 30, 2016. The applications and supporting documents of the shortlisted candidates for both the Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security and the earlier Al-Sumait Prize for Health Development have been sent to two separate evaluation panels each composed of three eminent international experts in the respective fields. The reports submitted by the members of the evaluation panels will be studied further by two Selection Panels, which will convene in Kuwait City September 19 -22. The Selection Panels will recommend the winners of the prize to the Board of Trustees of the Prize, which is planned to convene during October 2016. The laureates of both cycles of the Prize will be announced by the Board of Trustees.The annual Al-Sumait Food Security and Health Prizes, each worth one million dollars, are awarded for significant advances in the areas of food security and health across Africa. The prizes are open to individuals and institutions worldwide who have made significant research or development advances that can promote health and food security in Africa.
“The shortlists for both prizes represent an unprecedented level of effort and commitment to promoting health and food security in Africa that cuts to the very heart of efforts to help Africa deliver on its full potential,” said Dr. Mustafa Marafi, Acting Head of the Office of Prizes at KFAS. Announced by the Amir of the State of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in November 2013 at the 3rd Arab African Summit, the aim of Al-Sumait Health Prize is to contribute significantly to solve major development challenges facing African nations. The prize celebrates the life of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life towards helping the poor in Africa.The Al-Sumait Health Development Prize and the Al-Sumait Food Security Prize will be awarded during The Grand Reception at the Fourth Arab African Summit in Equatorial Guinea on November 22, 2016. (photo: food)

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Prize for World Civilisation

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 luglio 2016

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HONG KONG, PRNewswire/ — The LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation (“LUI Che Woo Prize” or “the Prize”) today announced its first three laureates.The inaugural laureates of the LUI Che Woo Prize 2016 are:
Prize Category 1: Sustainable development of the world (Sustainability Prize) Specific Area of Focus: World Food Supply: Safety and Security
Laureate: YUAN Longping Professor Yuan Longping is awarded the Sustainability Prize for his scientific achievement in developing high-yielding hybrid rice, bringing about sustainable and stable food supply in China and other areas that have long suffered from the risks of famine. Professor Yuan’s hybrid rice technology has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the security of world food supply.

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Prize Category 2: Betterment of the welfare of mankind (Welfare Betterment Prize) Specific Area of Focus: Treatment and/or control of epidemics, infectious diseases or chronic illnessesLaureate: Medecins Sans Frontieres. Medecins Sans Frontieres (“MSF”) is awarded the Welfare Betterment Prize for its indispensable contributions to the treatment and control of the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010 and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. MSF provides medical and humanitarian support to areas of disaster, epidemic or armed conflict. The work of MSF has thus resulted in a significant betterment of the welfare of mankind.
Prize Category 3: Promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy (Positive Energy Prize)
Specific Area of Focus: Individuals or organisations whose behaviour and achievement inspire, energise and give hope to others

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Laureate: James Earl “Jimmy” CARTER Mr. Jimmy Carter is awarded the Positive Energy Prize for all the good work that he and The Carter Center that he established in 1982 have done, which has contributed significantly to the promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy in the world. By bringing peace, prosperity, good health and hope to millions, and by fighting for human rights and a just society, Mr. Carter has inspired, energised, given hope and imparted positive energy to people around the world.
Dr. Lui Che Woo, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Governors cum Prize Council of the LUI Che Woo Prize, said, “Today is an important milestone for the LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation. The Prize was established with the aim to promote world peace, mutual respect and support, and create an environment where people can cherish and enjoy our Earth’s precious natural resources. With the announcement of its first laureates, I hope we can build a caring and loving world.”Dr. Lui expressed his hope that the three laureates may keep forging ahead in their respective fields, making their ideas and contributions universally accessible in order to benefit society and spread more positive energy to the world at large.
Professor Lawrence J. Lau, Chairman of the Prize Recommendation Committee, said, “In contrast to other international Prizes with fixed fields, the LUI Che Woo Prize covers a variety of fields, and laureates are not limited to academics and scientists. The three laureates were selected following strict evaluation and assessment through the Prize’s three-tier structure, a process that is all the more testament to the fact that each awardee is well deserved.” (photos: lui che woo prize)

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New White Paper on Food Security in Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2016

white paperThis new White Paper from Al-Sumait Prize for African Development examines the complex food security challenges faced across Africa in order to encourage better understanding and solutions of the problem.It is the second in a series of White Papers produced in conjunction with Al-Sumait Prize, an annual award by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) for the advancement of economic, social, human resources, and infrastructure development in the African continent.Noting that Africa is the world’s second largest continent, home to nearly 1.2 billion men, women and children living in 53 countries, Al-Sumait Prize’s White Paper says millions still battle poverty, hunger, poor education and ill health. The solution, the White Paper highlights, lies in tackling core issues, from ageing demographics, skills development and global warming to enhancing agricultural productivity with efficient business models and addressing greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste.To help speed the drive to improve food security in Africa a powerful initiative conceived by the Amir of the State of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has been launched – the Al-Sumait Prize for Food Security in Africa. Launched in December 2015, the Al-Sumait Prize will be awarded annually to the best international research or development initiative that is deemed to contribute significantly to solve major development challenges facing African nations, in particular the least developing countries in the fields of Food Security, Health and Education. The prize has been named after Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life towards helping the poor in Africa.

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Last Call for Applications for the Second edition of the $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 aprile 2012

Application procedure for the second edition of the biannual Future Generation Art Prize, launched by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, is closing on May 6, 2012. Applications available online at the competition’s website: futuregenerationartprize.org The Prize is open to all artists up to the age of 35 with the aim of acknowledging and giving long-term support to a future generation of artists. The Prize is unique because of its global reach and highly democratic form of application via the Internet. The artists may apply with their work without any restrictions concerning gender, nationality, race or artistic medium. Participants must fill in all fields of the Application Form and upload a photo or video of between three and seven of their artworks. Since February 6, 2012, young artists from all continents, living in 97 countries, have applied for the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. More than 50 international non-profit art organizations based in over than 38 countries support outreach to artists around the world as well as 100 correspondents engaging young artists under 35 from wherever they may live and work. The winner will be announced in December 2012, coinciding with an exhibition of the shortlisted artists at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev from October 2012 to January 2013. The Main Prize winner will receive a total of $100,000: $60,000 as a cash award, and $40,000 toward the production of new work. An additional $20,000 will be allocated to fund artist-in-residency programmes for the Special Prize winner. Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky and Takashi Murakami are Mentor Artists for the Prize, providing advice and support for the winning artist. Andreas Gursky will present an exhibition of his own works at the PinchukArtCentre parallel to the shortlisted artists exhibition.
The panel of international jurors for the will be announced along with names of 20 artists shortlisted for the Prize in June 2012. Mykyta Kadan, the winner of the national PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 will also participate, bringing the maximum number of artists in the exhibition to 21. A distinguished international Board oversees the Future Generation Art Prize. In addition to chairman Victor Pinchuk and the four Mentor Artists, the Board’s membership includes Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada and art museum directors Richard Armstrong (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum), Glenn D. Lowry (The Museum of Modern Art), Alfred Pacquement (Musée nationale d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou) and Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate).

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Mohsen has won the 2009 Freedom

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 dicembre 2009

London: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the celebrated Iranian filmmaker and official overseas spokesman for 2009 Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, has won the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize. The only prize of its kind, the Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the use of the arts to drive change and build the foundations of creativity in broken societies. Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, presented Mr Makhmalbaf with his award at a high profile London ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 25 November 2009. Mohsen Makhmalbaf has dedicated his award to Iran’s Green Movement and its spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri. Commenting on his award, Makhmalbaf said, “People of my country (Iran) are killed, imprisoned, tortured and raped just for their votes. Every award I receive means an opportunity for me to echo their voices to the world, asking for democracy for Iran and peace for the world.” The second place prize winner is Burmese refugee women’s group, The Kumjing Storytellers, who use giant paper maché dolls to represent their stories of ethnic persecution in Burma and the plight of migrants and refugees from around the world. The third place prize winner is Afghan female artist Sheenkai Alam Stanikzai, who uses video performance, installation and photography to tackle the subjugation and violent persecution of women in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. Prize founder and Chairman of Orient Global Richard F. Chandler said he was humbled by the bravery of this year’s winners adding their courage and stories epitomised the daily sacrifices made by artists on frontlines from around the world. Freedom to Create is an initiative that seeks to improve lives by addressing society’s ability to support and sustain creativity. The initiative focuses on those societies in greatest need.(Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

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International Poker Open

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 agosto 2009

Dublin, Boylepoker.com announced it was releasing 200 more seats for direct buy in to the International Poker Open – 100 for day 1A and 100 for day 1B. With the first 1,000 seats for the 1,300 player event on the brink of selling out the company has decided to allow 100 more players to buy-in directly on each of the starting days. After these seats have gone the only way to play the event will be through online qualification at the site. Feeder satellites for day 1B take place each week on Monday and Wednesday at 8.30 p.m. BST for $5 + $.50 with one re-buy and one add-on. For every $27.50 generated in the prize pool a ticket will be awarded to the weekly super satellite, the $25 + $2.50 freezeout, each Friday at 8.30 p.m. with one ticket awarded to IPO day 1B for evey $250 in the prize pool. This year’s event features a unique twist. An innovative VIP Club points promotion gives players the opportunity to increase their starting stack at the live tournament in Dublin in October from 8,000 to 10,000 by simply playing at Boylepoker.com during August and September and accumulating VIP Club points. Players who earn 250 VIP Club points in August get 1,000 chips added to their starting stack of 8,000, and 250 VIP Club Points earned in September gives them another 1,000 chips bringing the total to 10,000. To register for the tournament simply download the Boylepoker.com software, open the Poker Lobby, go to ‘Scheduled Tournaments’ > ‘Specials’ > ‘Boylepoker Exclusives’ and choose your preferred start date. Registration is due to close on October 15 so players should register early to avoid disappointment as last year’s event sold out long before the closing date. No cash entries will be accepted on the day. Boylepoker is part of the biggest European poker network – iPoker. Players have access to a huge range of tournaments running around the clock with massive guaranteed prize pools and the opportunity to qualify for prestigious live events. The company does not accept players from the U.S.

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