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TWAS-Lenovo Science Award
The TWAS-Lenovo Science Award is one of the most prestigious honours given to scientists from the developing world.
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Lenovo is a US$60 billion revenue Fortune Global 500 company serving customers in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that power (through devices and infrastructure) and empower (through solutions, services and software) millions of customers every day and together create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

The rapid growth Lenovo has experienced in emerging markets has prompted the company to partner with TWAS to launch a high-level prize to give international recognition and visibility to individual scientists in the developing world for their outstanding scientific achievements.

AWARD

The TWAS-Lenovo Science Award carries a monetary award of USD100,000 provided by Lenovo, as well as a medal and a certificate highlighting the recipient's major contributions to science.

The award is presented to the recipient at a special ceremony arranged by TWAS.

SUBJECT AREAS

During the first four-year cycle (2013-2016), the award subject focused on the basic sciences, with the specific subject area changing each year: physics and astronomy (2013), biological sciences (2014), mathematics (2015) and chemical sciences (2016).

During the second cycle the award subjects are: Geological Sciences (2017), Engineering Sciences (2018), Agricultural Sciences (2020), Social and Economic Sciences (2022).

PREVIOUS WINNERS

The 2020 TWAS-Lenovo Science Award was shared between Professor Mariangela Hungria, for her outstanding research with microorganisms, contributing to the replacement of chemical fertilizers, with economic, environment and social impacts, and Professor Li Jiayang, for his seminal contribution to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying high-yield superior-quality traits and breeding elite rice varieties.

The 2018 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize was awarded to Professor Raghunath Anant Mashelkar for his seminal contributions in mechanistic analysis, synthesis and applications of novel stimuli responsive polymers.

The 2017 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize was awarded to Professor Victor Alberto Ramos, for his contributions to the understanding of the formation of the Andes and the crustal evolution of South America.

The 2016 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize was awarded to Professor Zhao Dongyuan, for his pioneering research in the field of ordered mesoporous materials (FDU series) for diverse applications around the world.

The 2015 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize was awarded to Professor Artur Avila, for his outstanding contributions to several areas of dynamical systems, especially to the spectral theory of one-frequency Schrödinger operators.

The 2014 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize was awarded to Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim from South Africa, for her exceptional and distinguished contributions in HIV prevention and women's health.

The 2013 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize was awarded to Chilean theoretical physicist Professor Claudio Bunster Weitzman for his contributions to understanding gravity and the quirky physics of tiny, fundamental particles of matter.

2022 EDITION

In 2022 the award will be given to an individual in recognition of his/her pioneering achievements in social and economic sciences that have direct impact on crosscutting SDGs and intersectionality, including but not limited to:

  • poverty and hunger reduction (including food and nutrition security)
  • inequalities (including gender inequities and gender violence)
  • quality education (including inclusive education and teacher education)
  • health (including mental health, well-being and pandemics)
  • climate change (including adaptation/resilience and climate financing)
  • clean energy and safe drinking water

Candidates must be nationals of a developing country, living and working in the Global South for at least the last 10 years. The award will only be conferred to an individual for scientific research in social and economic sciences of outstanding international merit carried out at institutions in developing countries.
Self-nominations and nominations from jury members will not be accepted. Fellows of TWAS are eligible for the TWAS-Lenovo Science Award.

Jury members and previous winners of the Trieste Science Prize (also administered by TWAS) are not eligible for the TWAS-Lenovo Science Award. Individuals who have received the Nobel Prize, the Tokyo/Kyoto Prize, the Crafoord Prize and the Abel Prize are not eligible for the TWAS-Lenovo Science Award.

Nominations can only be submitted electronically through the on-line platform. The deadline to submit online nominations is 18 May 2022.                      

NOMINATIONS

Nominations are invited from TWAS members, selected individuals, as well as from science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions. Nominations of women scientists are particularly encouraged. Self-nominations and nominations from jury members will not be accepted.

EVALUATION

The evaluation and selection will be carried out by an authoritative international jury chaired by the TWAS President and including a representative from Lenovo.

HOW TO NOMINATE A SCIENTIST

The 'TWAS-Lenovo Science Award' nominations can only be submitted electronically through the on-line platform by clicking on the “NEW NOMINATION” button at the bottom of this page.

To resume working on saved nominations, click on the "RESUME" button  at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 18 May 2022, however we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the deadline but submit the nomination as early as you can to enable us to process it as quickly as possible.

Before starting compiling the nomination, PLEASE PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE MAXIMUM CHARACTERS ALLOWED.

A nomination is considered complete only if includes all of the following information/material:

  • Nominator contact details
  • Nominee contact details (self nominations are not accepted) and general infomation on the nominee, including the country where he/she has been working and living in the past 10 years
  • Brief suggested citation (no more than 20 words) highlighting the nominee's outstanding scientific achievement in Social and Economic Sciences. An example of suitable citation is provided in the 'helptext'
  • Supporting statement of about 200 words summarizing the scientific achievements of the nominee
  • 5-6 page narrative write-up of the candidate highlighting his/her major scientific achievements
  • Information on PhD (degree, year, awarding institution)
  • Information of any time spent abroad in the past ten years
  • The nominee's brief CV and her/his complete list of publications are also to be uploaded, separately, onto the online platform.
  • A list of no more than 20 of his/her most significant publications.
  • Information on previous awards, honours, recognition received by the nominee
  • Google Scholar h-index and number of citations
  • Authorization from the nominee to process his/her personal data for the purposes of his/her nomination, in conformity to Art. 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003. This authorization can only be submitted through the online platform.

PLEASE CHECK IF ENTERED DATA ARE VALID

In particular:

1) While filling in the form, pay attention to the requirements for each field (e.g. maximum number of characters, file type -Word files will not be uploaded, only pdf files are allowed-, date format, etc.)

2) Run a check using the button of the form menu to verify that mandatory fields have been filled in and the data you entered are accepted. This also saves your form.
Every time you run a check, you are taken to the last section of the form named "Submit". Use the form menu to navigate to the previous sections.

3) After you run a check, fields with NOT ACCEPTED OR MISSING DATA will be highlighted in RED.
Please note that once you have duly modified the content of one or more fields, the red highlight will not disappear until you run again a check.

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TWAS-Lenovo Science Award
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