UNIVERSIT└ DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
The Prigogine Lectures. Siena 9 July 2009 - 4 pm
Aula Magna Rettorato
A special medal and prize have been instituted by the University of Siena and the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) in honour of the late Professor Prigogine's Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The launch of the first Prigogine Awards took place at the Aula Magna at the University of Siena, Italy on June 2004. The prizes will be awarded annually for the best papers presented at a relevant WIT conference or submitted to the International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics on the topic of ecological systems. Each award consists of a gold medal.
The recipient of the first medal in 2004 was Professor Sven J ø rgensen of the Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His Medal was awarded by the Rector of the University of Siena who called a special congregation in the University's Aula Magna.
The recipient of the second medal was Professor Enzo Tiezzi, full professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Siena, in 2005 at the University of Cádiz during an academic ceremony presided over by the Rector of that Institution.
Bernard Patten, the recipient of the 2006 Medal, is Regent Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia in the USA. He was presented with the Medal by the Rector of the University of Tartu at a Ceremony that took place in the ancient City Hall of Tallinn .
The fourth recipient was Robert Ulanowicz in the 2007. Robert Ulanowicz is professor at the University of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. He was awarded by the Rector of the University of Coimbra during a special congregation in the University's Aula Magna.
The recipient of the medal in 2008 was Professor Ioannis Antoniou. The ceremony took place in the historic setting of the Evangelistria Monastery on the Island of Skiathos. Professor Michael Zouboulakis, Vice-Rector of the University of Thessaly, awards the Prigogine Medal to Professor Ioannis Antoniou for his contribution to the understanding of ecological systems.
The medal has been specially commissioned from a group of goldsmiths who use the same techniques as the ancient Etruscans. It features the name of Prigogine and the symbol for bifurcation, to represent his distinctive work on ecodynamics.
All Professors were invited to give the Keynote Address at the conference. In 2009 Professor Emilio Del Giudice has been selected for this award. The ceremony will take place at the Aula Magna of the University of Siena on 9 th July 2009.
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