Unesco seeks nominations for Avicenna Prize

UNESCO seeks nominations for the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2015

“An ignorant doctor is the aide-de-camp of death”


 UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to propose candidates for the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2015. Deadline for the submission of candidates: 2 February 2015 at midnight.


Its purpose is to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science. The Prize encourages ethical reflection on questions raised by scientific and technological advances - a goal that coincides with UNESCO’s priorities.

Established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Prize owes its name to the renowned 11th-century physician and philosopher of Persian origin known in Europe as Avicenna (980-1038). A healer and a humanist, Avicenna developed an exemplary holistic approach that captures the essence of ethics in science and has thus come to serve as a source of inspiration for the promotion of this concern, which is of central importance to UNESCO.

The Prize consists of a gold medal of Avicenna along with a certificate, the sum of $10,000, and a one-week academic visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

How to submit your nomination

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted, no later than 2 February 2015, by filling out the nomination form in either English or French, by post (the original form) and, if possible, by e-mail (advanced copy).

Additional materials (publications, video, audio and other teaching materials, etc.) may be attached to the nomination form.

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