International Balzan Prize for the Promotion of Research

Since 1961, the International Balzan Prize Foundation rewards outstanding scientists in the humanities and natural sciences as well as personalities from the field of arts and culture with a total amount of 3 Mio. Swiss Francs.

Based on an agreement for the joint promotion of scientific research and the dissemination of its results, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences organise alternately every second year the „Annual Balzan Lecture“, the „Interdisciplinary Forum of Balzan Prize Winners“ and the „International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory“.

Balzan Prize – 2019

The 2019 Balzan Prizewinners are:
  • Jacques Aumont (France), École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - Paris
    Film Studies
  • Michael Cook (UK), Princeton University (USA),
    Islamic Studies
  • Luigi Ambrosio (Italy), Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa,
    Theory of Partial Differential Equations


The following events took place in Bern:
  • 15 November 2019, the Balzan awards ceremony in the Federal Palace
  • 14 November 2019, Balzan Prizewinners Interdisciplinary Forum (program)
  • 13 November 2019, International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory «Brain»

Videos of the Interdisciplinary Forum and the awards ceremony can be found here.

Pictures of the Interdisciplinary Forum (photographer Eric Schmid)

Pictures of the International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory «Brain» (photographer Eric Schmid)

Medienmitteilung der Internationalen Balzan Stiftung Nov 15, 2019

Verleihung der Balzan Preise 2019 in Bern


Press release from the International Balzan Foundation Sep 9, 2019

The 2019 Balzan Prizewinners


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