Balzan Awards 2020 awarded, Concern for Rights and the Environment – Research and Institutions

Susanne Trombor (Germany/USA), for “Earth System Dynamics”, Jean-Marie Tarascon (France), for “Environmental Challenges: Materials Science for Renewable Energy”, Joan Martinez Allier (Spain), for “Environmental Challenges: Answers” From Social and Human Sciences, Antonio Augusto Cansado Trinidad (Brazil), for “Human Rights.” These are the names of the 2020 Balzan Prize winners who today received a university degree at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei from the hand of the President of the Republic. A year late award was handed out, The fault of the epidemic that blew up the party that should have been held last fall in Rome.

“It is a great privilege – said Roberto Antonelli, President of the Accademia dei Lincei – for our Academy to be able to celebrate and renew exemplary and cultural ties with the Balzan Foundation, founded from the beginning on autonomy and freedom of scientific research and this year is particularly significant because it coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Lincei “.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks – added Balzan General Awards Committee Chair Luciano Maiani – to the Committee colleagues for their continued contribution to the challenging selection work that has been particularly challenging in the past eighteen months through a case unfortunately we all know well. However, it has achieved an award Balzan fully in 2020 one of its primary goals: which is the integration, in an interdisciplinary perspective, of promising studies and research in the context of the most questionable topics. Maiani then emphasized that: “The four outstanding laureates stand out not only for their depth of research and insights, but also for their forward-lookingness that is reflected in the investigation of the major problems facing humanity today.”

Susanne Trombor, Director of the Max Planck Institute, was honored “for her outstanding contribution to the study of the carbon cycle and its impact on climate, and for pioneering radiocarbon measurements in Earth system research.”

Jean-Marie Tarascon, Professor at the Collège de France, received the Balzan Prize “for his outstanding contributions to basic and applied research in the field of electrochemical accumulation of electrical energy. For his work, which rapidly made lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, improving the ability to manage electricity produced from intermittent renewable sources .for her campaign to develop environmentally friendly sodium-ion batteries.”

Joan Martínez Allier, Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​was awarded “for the quality of his contributions to the establishment of environmental economics, his groundbreaking analysis of the relationship between environment and economies, his interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the unequal distribution of environmental resources and his active role in promoting environmental justice”.

Finally, Antonio Augusto Cansado Trindade, professor at the University of Brasilia and judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, received an award for “essential theoretical and jurisprudential contributions to the definition and formation of a planetary legal system” that all of humanity must be subject to an international law that is open to individual asylum and able to impose itself also on national states”.

In twenty years (2001 – 2020), the prize has been awarded to 79 research projects of all scientific and humanistic disciplines, conducted by young people from 20 countries of the world, and about 500 researchers have participated (directly or indirectly) in the work, and they have funding from the Balzan Prize. With the share of the prizes awarded in 2020, the total research funding for the Balzan Prize was 34.6 million Swiss francs (about 32 million euros).

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