International Balzan Prize for the Promotion of Research

Since 1961, the International Balzan Prize Foundation rewards outstanding scientists in the humanities and natural sciences as well as personalities from the field of arts and culture with a total amount of 3 Mio. Swiss Francs to fund research projects.

Based on an agreement for the joint promotion of scientific research and the dissemination of its results, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences organise alternately every second year the „Annual Balzan Lecture“, the „Interdisciplinary Forum of Balzan Prize Winners“ and the „International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory“.

Balzan Prize – 2019

The 2019 Balzan Prizewinners are:
  • Jacques Aumont (France), École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - Paris
    Film Studies
  • Michael Cook (UK), Princeton University (USA),
    Islamic Studies
  • Luigi Ambrosio (Italy), Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa,
    Theory of Partial Differential Equations
  • Research Group Erika von Mutius, Klaus F. Rabe, Werner Seeger, Tobias Welt 
    Pathophysiology of respiration: from basic sciences to the bedside.
The following events will be taking place in Bern:

13. November 2019, International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory «Brain» with Reinhard Jahn, 2016 Prizewinner (with invitation)

14. November 2019, Balzan Prizewinners Interdisciplinary Forum
  • 13:00 – 17:50 Presentations by the Balzan Prizewinners, Yehudi Menuhin Forum (free entry, registration)
  • 17:50 – 19:00 Apéritif
15. November 2019, Balzan Awards Ceremony, Federal Palace (with invitation)
Press release from the International Balzan Foundation Sep 9, 2019

The 2019 Balzan Prizewinners


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