Barcelona Science Plan

Hypatia European Science Prize

Hypatia Prize

The Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize is part of the Barcelona Science Plan, which outlines the city’s commitment to science and ultimately seeks to promote the city as a European capital for research and innovation.

The Barcelona City Council, in collaboration with Academia Europaea’s Barcelona Knowledge Hub (AE-BKH), is holding this prize with annual periodicity with the aim of helping give science greater visibility, as well as promoting, strengthening and boosting the value of excellence in research and its impact on society at European level.

The prize is intended to provide a boost for Barcelona as a European capital for science, supporting scientific knowledge and research in various fields.

The choice of “Hypatia” as the name of the prize is intended to highlight the philosopher and scientist Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 355-415), a woman who was able to combine and transmit all the fields of knowledge of her time and who, for that very reason, was murdered by the forces of ignorance and fanaticism.

 

Triennial cycle

The aim of the award is to give recognition to the career of a person who has excelled in the field of science and research at the highest international level, influencing various fields of knowledge and having a positive impact on the well-being of humanity.

It will follow a triennial cycle, alternating each year between three broad areas of knowledge as follows:

  • Science and technology (1st edition / 2018)
  • Life sciences and health (2nd edition / 2019-2020)
  • Humanities and social sciences (3rd edition / 2021)

The prize is worth €30,000 and delivered at an awards ceremony during which the winner gives a talk at the Saló de Cent on his research career.

 

Third edition

The call for the third edition of the Hipatia Prize opened on 8 July 2021. This edition rewards the trajectory and impact of the research carried out in the field of humanities and social sciences with a commemorative plaque and €30,000. The deadline for applications will remain open until 30 September and the rules of the call as well as the application form can be found on the website of the Academia Europaea – Barcelona Knowledge Hub.

 

Jury of the third Hipatia Prize
 

  • Björn Wittrock. Chairman of the Evaluation Committee. Professor Emeritus at Uppsala University and Founding Director and Permanent Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Sweden. Vice-President ex officio of the Academia Europaea and Chair of its Social Sciences Area.
  • Genoveva Martí. Member of the Evaluation Committee. ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. Vice-President of the Academia Europaea, member of its Humanities area and Chair of the thematic section devoted to Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.
  • Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon. Member of the Evaluation Committee. Professor Emeritus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Member of the Social Sciences Area of the Academia Europaea.
  • Alexander Fidora. Member of the Evaluation Committee. ICREA Research Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Member of the Humanities Area of the Academia Europaea.
  • Ricard Guerrero. Secretary of the Evaluation Committee. Emeritus Professor at the University of Barcelona. Academic Director of the Barcelona Knowledge Hub of the Academia Europaea.
  • Natalia Amorós. Legal Secretary of the Evaluation Committee. Secretary Delegate of the Department of Culture, Education, Science and Community of Barcelona City Council.

 

Second edition

On 2 June 2021, the second Hipatia Prize has been awarded to Ilaria Capua, virologist and director of the One Health Excellence Centre at the University of Florida, for her outstanding career in the field of research in veterinary medicine and microbiology, for her contributions to science policy and the multidisciplinary concept of one health, and for her leadership in promoting open access to genetic information on emerging viruses. Capua has been chosen from nineteen previously nominated candidates in the field of life and health sciences on which this second edition of the Hipatia Award was focused.

Ilaria Capua is Professor and Director of the One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida. She has dedicated her professional career to the study of zoonotic viral infections that can be transmitted to humans, many of which have an impact on the critical issue of food safety. At the height of the spread of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in 2006, Capua initiated a global scientific debate on data sharing with the publication of the genetic sequence of an African variant of the virus in an open access public database. This has been a paradigm shift towards real-time sharing of genetic information on potentially pandemic viruses for the fight against emerging health threats such as influenza, Ebola, Zika and coronaviruses.

Capua currently directs the University of Florida's circular health programme, which aims to jointly advance human, animal, plant and environmental health as a single system by harnessing big data. As a keynote speaker at international events, Capua is particularly active in communicating scientific knowledge to non-expert audiences and advocating for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
 

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Ilaria Capua, winner of the 2nd edition of the Hypatia Award

 

First edition

Of the 23 entries received on the first call, in the Science and Technology category, the Evaluation Committee has awarded the prize to Dr László Lovász in recognition of his career devoted to international research at the highest level and to its fruits in Hungarian society and the world, putting mathematics as a scientific discipline at the service of society.

  • On 22 March, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced the award of the Abel Prize in Mathematics 2021 to László Lovász.