International Balzan Prize for the Promotion of Research

Since 1961, the International Balzan Prize Foundation has been rewarding outstanding scientists in the humanities and natural sciences as well as personalities from the fields of arts and culture with 750,000 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» and the «Interdisciplinary Forum of Balzan Prizewinners» as well as, additionally, the «International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory».
 

PreisträgerInnen 2017


 
Upcoming Event Nov 16, 2017

Balzan Prizewinners Interdisciplinary Forum 2017

Donnerstag, 16. November 2017
Yehudi Menuhin Forum, Helvetiaplatz 6, 3005 Bern


Anlässlich des «Balzan Prizewinners Interdisciplinary Forum 2017» geben die Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger einen Einblick in ihre Forschungsarbeiten und stehen für Fragen zur Verfügung.

Programm (PDF)
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Programm


14h15 Opening/Welcome

Lecture 1 – Robert D. Schreiber und James P. Allison: «Immunological Approaches in Cancer Therapy»
14h30 Presentation of the Balzan Prizewinners 2017
14h40 «Immunological Approaches in Cancer Therapy»
15h00 Questions and discussion

Lecture 2 – Michaël Gillon: «The Sun’s Planetary System and Exoplanets»
15h20 Presentation of the Balzan Prizewinner 2017
15h30 «The Sun’s Planetary System and Exoplanets»
15h50 Questions and discussion

16h10 Coffee break

Lecture 3– Robert Owen Keohane: «International Relations – History and Theory»
16h40 Presentation of the Balzan Prizewinner 2016
16h50 «International Relations – History and Theory»
17h10 Questions and discussion

Lecture 4 – Bina Agarwal: «Gender Studies»
17h30 Presentation of the Balzan Prizewinner 2017
17h40 «Gender Studies»
18h00 Questions and discussion

Lecture 5 – Aleida und Jan Assmann: «Collective Memory»
18h20 Presentation of the Balzan Prizewinners 2017
18h30 «Collective Memory»
18h50 Questions and discussion

19h10 Closing remarks

Aperitif

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Annual Balzan Lecture

2016: Pascale Cossart (Institut Pasteur; Laureate in «Infectious Diseases: basic and clinical aspects», 2013)
Her studies have inspired many other investigations into bacterial signalling and intracellular manipulations that facilitate microbial uptake by the host organism. The new techniques and the creative approaches taken by Pascale Cossart have allowed the multiple ways and mechanisms used by pathogens for efficient infection to be unravelled. Her work has illuminated the ways pathogens exploit and subvert host cell function – and ultimately will facilitate the development of new therapeutic strategies.

2014: Terence Cave
(St John's College at the University of Oxford; Laureate in «Literature since 1500», 2009)
Due to an increasing value-oriented and pragmatic attitude that characterises our society, the humanities find themselves under pressure to legitimise their raison d'être. Terence Cave discussed the relation between literature theory, method and practice. In so doing, he addressed the value of literature as form of knowledge for an understanding of the presence. This also questions the positioning of literature studies in the academic, political and social context. The book «Thinking with Literature» by Terence Cave was published in Oxford University Press. 

2012: Sir Michael Marmot (University College London; Laureate in «Epidemiology», 2004)
In his lecture, Sir Michael Marmot presented recent research as part of the project «Fair Societies, Healthy Lives», which highlights the influence of social inequalities on health and life expectation and attempts to make recommendations for adequate measures.

2010: Anthony Grafton (Princeton University; Laureate in «History of the Humanities», 2002)
Anthony Grafton reported on the edition project of the correspondence by the humanist scholar Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) that comprises some 1,650 letters. His correspondence partners were well-known contemporaries such as the philologist Isaac Casaubon and Justus Lipsius, the astronomer Tycho Brahe as well as the legal scholar and historian Jacques-Auguste de Thou.
 

Interdisciplinary Forum of Balzan Prizewinners

The «Balzan Prizewinners Interdisciplinary Forum» precedes the award ceremony in the National Council Chamber of the Federal Palace in Berne and comprises presentations by the Balzan Prizewinners of the current year on their research findings, followed by a discussion involving the audience. In addition to the thematic contributions, panel discussions at previous Forums focused on the framework conditions that facilitate ground-breaking discoveries, on the importance of «excellence» in research and teaching and on the implications of the prizewinners’ achievements for science at large.
 

International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory

The interdisciplinary meetings were established in 2012 by the International Balzan Prize Foundation, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. They aim at promoting academic and scientific cooperation between "natural" and "moral" scientific disciplines and among researchers at different stages of their academic career who have previously cooperated in academic initiatives of the three institutions involved. This initiative is inspired by the idea that mutual exchange is beneficial for scientific progress, and that creativity is dependent not only on individual research endeavours, but also on the interaction with social and cultural life. Another characteristic of the meetings is to give young scholars a key role in the discussion in order to enhance their scientific profiles. Meetings so far held in Switzerland were in 2015 (Lausanne) and 2013 (Lugano).
 

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