Barcelona Science Plan

Hypatia

Creation of the Hypatia European Science Prize, awarded annually.

The Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize is part of the ‘Barcelona, City of Science’ programme, 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 Hypatia European Science Prize is part of the “Barcelona, City of Science” programme, which outlines the city’s commitment to science and ultimately seeks to promote the city as a European capital for research and innovation for its own citizens.

 Barcelona City Council, in collaboration with Academia Europaea’s Barcelona Knowledge Hub (AE-BKH), is holding the first edition of the prize in 2018 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.

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:

a) science and technology

b) life sciences and health

c) humanities and social sciences

 

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.

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.

For more information on the current call process and the prize's terms and conditions, click here.