International Balzan Prize to promote research
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» and the «Interdisciplinary Forum of Balzan Prizewinners» as well as, additionally, the «International Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory».
- Piero Boitani, comparative literature
- Federico Capasso, applied photonics
- Reinhard Jahn, molecular and cellular neuroscience
Prize ceremony 2016
2016 Annual Balzan Lecture
Pascale Cossart, Institut Pasteur, 2013 Balzan Prize Laureate
«The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes: a unique model in biology»
preceeded by a short presentation by
Melanie Blokesch, Global Health Institute, EPFL
«Fighting for DNA - how the cholera-causing pathogen steals genes
from its neighbors»
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (17h-19h)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Bâtiment SV, room SV1717
Annual Balzan Lecture2014: Terence Cave (St John's College at the University of Oxford; Laureate in «Literature since 1500», 2009)
Due to an increasing value-oriented and pragmatic attitude that characterises our society, the humanities find themselves under pressure to legitimise their raison d'être. Terence Cave discussed the relation between literature theory, method and practice. In so doing, he addressed the value of literature as form of knowledge for an understanding of the presence. This also questions the positioning of literature studies in the academic, political and social context. The book «Thinking with Literature» by Terence Cave was published in Oxford University Press.
2012: Sir Michael Marmot (University College London; Laureate in «Epidemiology», 2004)
In his lecture, Sir Michael Marmot presented recent research as part of the project «Fair Societies, Healthy Lives», which highlights the influence of social inequalities on health and life expectation and attempts to make recommendations for adequate measures.
2010: Anthony Grafton (Princeton University; Laureate in «History of the Humanities», 2002)
Anthony Grafton reported on the edition project of the correspondence by the humanist scholar Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) that comprises some 1,650 letters. His correspondence partners were well-known contemporaries such as the philologist Isaac Casaubon and Justus Lipsius, the astronomer Tycho Brahe as well as the legal scholar and historian Jacques-Auguste de Thou.