Brundtland, other Tang Prize winners to visit Taiwan in September

2014/08/15 12:49:00
Brundtland, other Tang Prize winners to visit Taiwan in September

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Gro Harlem Brundtland, the winner of the first Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, and four other Tang Prize winners will visit Taiwan in September to attend the award ceremony and give lectures.

Brundtland, known as the "godmother of sustainable development," and the four other laureates will attend the award ceremony in Taipei on Sept. 18 and other events during Tang Prize Week from Sept. 15 to 21, the Tang Prize Foundation announced Monday.

The first Tang Prizes were awarded in June to people who have made major contributions in four fields: sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and rule of law.

Established in 2012 by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin, the Tang Prize aims to supplement the Nobel Prize by honoring leaders in fields that it deems critical in the 21st century.

James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan shared the prize in biopharmaceutical science; Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih won the prize in sinology; and Albie Sachs, a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, was named the winner of the prize in rule of law.

The laureates in each category will individually receive or share (if there is more than one winner in the category) a cash prize of NT$40 million (US$1.33 million) and a research grant of up to NT$10 million to be used within five years.

Each laureate will also receive a medal and a certificate.

During their stay in Taiwan, the laureates will each offer an in-depth look at their life's work on Sept. 19, at an event at the Taipei International Convention Center that will be attended by professionals, researchers and students, according to the foundation.

They will also participate in forums around Taiwan to interact with the country's youth and general public, the foundation said.

Brundtland will speak at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung on Sept. 17; Yu will join a forum at Academia Sinica in Taipei on Sept. 20; Sachs will give a talk at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung on Sept. 20; and Allison and Honjo will speak at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan on Sept. 21.

"We hope the lectures will inspire students and young researchers to pursue innovation and dedicate themselves to the fields of science, technology and the humanities," Tang Prize Foundation CEO Chern Jenn-chuan told CNA.

In addition to the award ceremony and lectures, Tang Prize Week will also feature a concert by the Taiwan Philharmonic, a banquet, and two exhibitions.

One of the exhibitions, to be held at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall from Sept. 1 to 28, will showcase the lives and works of the laureates, as well as designs from the Tang Prize Medal and Diploma Design Competition.

The other exhibition will be held at the National Palace Museum (NPM) from Sept. 5 to 28 and display selected NPM paintings and calligraphy works from the Tang Dynasty that the award is named after and the Song Dynasty.

The Sept. 18 award ceremony will take place at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

(By Christie Chen)
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