The Kavli Prize Begins Call for Nominations

International Prize Honors Scientists for Outstanding Research in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and NeuroscienceYork, U.K., September 10, 2007 – The inaugural call for nominations began today for the Kavli Prize, which honors scientists for their outstanding research and seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience

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In the panel for the press conference were Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society, Fred Kavli, founder and chairman of The Kavli Foundation and Jan Fridthjof Bernt, President of  the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. (Photo: Les Gibbbon)
In the panel for the press conference were Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society, Fred Kavli, founder and chairman of The Kavli Foundation and Jan Fridthjof Bernt, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. (Photo: Les Gibbbon)

The call for nominations was officially announced at a press conference held at the British Association for the Advancement of Science’s “Festival of Science” in York – a conference attended by Jan Fridthjof Bernt, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters; Fred Kavli, Founder and Chairman of The Kavli Foundation; and Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society.

“This presentation marks the opening of the call for nominations to the Kavli Prize,” said Bernt. “The nominations of candidates will close 15th of December, the prize winners will be announced 4th of June, and the award ceremony will take place for the first time in Oslo in September, 2008.”

With individual prizes for astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, each Kavli Prize consists of a scroll, medal and cash award of USD one million dollars. The call for nominations will remain open through December 15, 2007.

“The Kavli prizes highlight the truly international nature of modern science,” Rees said. “They also emphasise that collaboration is often the key to modern scientific advancement, something highlighted by the fact that these prizes are open to groups of scientists as well as individuals.”

Also announced today are the award committees for each of the new prizes. Reflecting the international scope of each prize, the committees are comprised of leading researchers based in Asia, Europe and North America. Chosen for their excellence and reputation in their fields, the committee members will review the prize nominations then provide their final recommendations to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The Academy will in turn review the final recommendations and select the award recipients. (Committee members are provided below.)

Members of the Kavli Prize committees were nominated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck Society (Germany), the National Academy of Sciences (US), and The Royal Society (UK).

“I want to emphasize the international aspects of these prizes and the integrity and quality of the selection process,” said Fred Kavli after the conference. “The selection is backed by the Norwegian Academy and supported by other academies, giving us great confidence that the prizes will be awarded to the most deserving.”

The Kavli Prize is presented in partnership with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and The Kavli Foundation. Award recipients will be declared in 2008 and an award ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway – Fred Kavli’s native country. Future Kavli Prizes will subsequently be awarded every two years.

For more information about the Kavli Prize, visit: www.kavliprize.no and www.kavlifoundation.org.

 

PRIZE COMMITTEES

Kavli Prize Committee in Astrophysics

Professor Reinhard Genzel

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Garching, Germany

 

Professor Wallace L.W. Sargent

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California – United States

 

Professor Harvey Tananbaum

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Cambridge, Massachusetts – United States

 

Professor Scott Tremaine

Institute for Advanced Study

Princeton, New Jersey – United States

 

Professor Oddbjørn Engvold

University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

 

Kavli Prize Committee in Nanoscience

Professor Chunli Bai

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of

Chemistry

Beijing, China

 

Professor Mostafa A El-Sayed

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia – United States

 

Professor Klaus von Klitzing

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

Stuttgart, Germany

 

Professor Cherry Murray

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Livermore, California – United States

 

Professor Arne Skjeltorp

University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

 

Kavli Prize Committee in Neuroscience

Professor Linda Buck

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle, Washington – United States

 

Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux

Institute Pasteur

Paris, France

 

Professor Eric Kandel

Columbia University

New York, New York – United States

 

Professor Bert Sakmann

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

Heidelberg, Germany

 

Professor Jon Storm-Mathisen

University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway