International Balzan Prize Foundation
In January 2009, the International Balzan Prize Foundation and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences concluded a cooperation agreement to jointly promote scientific research as well as to share and disseminate its results in a European and international context. For the Swiss Academies, the cooperation comprises the following aspects:
- announcement of the field for the call regarding the Balzan Prize of the coming year
- announcements of the laureates
- organisation of an International Forum of Laureates in the year in which the award ceremony takes place in Berne (bi-annually, the first time in 2009)
- organisation of a "Balzan Distinguished Lecture" with a former laureate, in the year in which the award ceremony takes place in Rome (bi-annually, the first time in 2010).
Balzan Prizewinners 2012
The Balzan Prizewinners 2012 were proclaimed on 10 September 2012 in a public announcement:
- Ronald Dworkin (USA), New York University, for Jurisprudence
- Reinhard Strohm (Germany), University of Oxford (UK), for Musicology
- Kurt Lambeck (Australia), Australian National University, for Solid Earth Sciences
- David Baulcombe (UK), University of Cambridge, for Epigenetics.
Annual Balzan Lecture 2012 «Fair Society, Healthy Lives»
29th August 2012, 17.00h–19.30h
Assembly Hall, University of Zurich
This year’s Annual Balzan Lecture will be given by Sir Michael Marmot, University College London (UK), 2004 Balzan Prizewinner in Epidemiology.
The aim of this lecture is to present some recent research on the project «Fair Societies, Healthy Lives». This project highlights the influence of social inequalities on health and life expectancy and tries to give advice on taking suitable action.
The lecture will be held in English.
The deadline for inscription has expired.
The Balzan Prize Video Gallery is online
A selection of recordings of official events and lectures given by Prizewinners is available through the following link:
The Proceedings of the Balzan Forum 2010
The International Balzan Foundation «Prize» have published, in English language, the book collecting the proceedings of the Balzan Prizewinners' Interdisciplinary Forum 2010 , held on 18 November 2010 in the Sala delle Scienze Fisiche at Palazzo Corsini, house of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. The Forum and the proceedings are a result of the Agreements of collaboration signed by the International Balzan Foundation «Prize» with the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
The publication of the Balzan Forum 2010 is also available at no charge at: email@example.com
On 20 December, the International Balzan Prize Foundation and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with the Centre of Competence "History of Knowledge" of ETH and/ University of Zurich organised the Balzan Distinguished Lecture 2010. This was given by Professor Anthony Grafton, Princeton University, USA. The aim of this event was to present recent research on the History of Books and Publishing by Anthony Grafton, who received the Balzan Prize in 2002 in the category "History of the Humanities". Professor Grafton also presented the work of the two young scholars who were funded by the Balzan Prize money.
On 19 November, the Interdisciplinary Forum of Balzan Laureates took place for the first time in Switzerland, with the purpose to explore in an interdisciplinary discourse the relevance of the award-winning work for science overall. In doing so, the focus was on three central questions:
- to what extent do the awarded works promote the dialogue between the human and the natural sciences?
- what are the consequences of the results obtained for the other disciplines?
- what are the implications of the results obtained for the future development of the sciences?