Inaugural VinFuture Prize Award Ceremony – Celebrating 4 Scientific Innovations for Humanity

HANOI, VIETNAM – Media OutReach – 20 December 2021 – One year after its launch, the VinFuture Prize
Council has completed the evaluation process and selected 4 groundbreaking
scientific innovations that have made and will continue to make positive
impacts in the everyday lives of millions of people around the world. Prize
winners will be announced at the inaugural VinFuture Prize Award Ceremony to be
held on January 20, 2022 at the Hanoi Opera House and the VinFuture Sci-tech
Week during January 18-21, 2022 in Hanoi.


This
is an international event to honor outstanding scientific achievements and
promote innovations for humanity in 2021 with the participation of
world-leading scientists, policy makers, leaders of technology corporations,
and the Prize winners.

The
award ceremony will be held on January 20, 2022 evening to honor the winners of
the inaugural VinFuture Prize, including the VinFuture Grand Prize and 03
Special Prizes for female innovators, innovators from the developing countries,
and innovators with outstanding achievements in emerging fields.

As
part of the Award Ceremony event series, VinFuture will organize a sci-tech
week for the scientific community, business and start-up leaders in industry
and technology. The Foundation will also hold dialogues and interactive
sessions with the Prize Council members and the VinFuture Laureates which will catalyze
the intellectual connection between Vietnam’s scientific and technological community
and the world as well as bridge academia and industry, thus contributing to the
transformation of science and technology innovations into real life applications.

Commenting
on the upcoming events, Professor Sir
Richard Henry Friend
– Chair of the VinFuture Prize Council and a 2010
Laureate of the Millennium Prize, said: “Science and technology need to
deliver benefits to all peoples and all nations. The VinFuture Prize will
recognize those whose brilliant science or engineering achievements can have
positive impact on the lives of millions of people across the planet.”

The
VinFuture Foundation is founded by Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong – Chairman of Vingroup,
and his wife – Mrs. Pham Thu Huong, with the vision of creating meaningful
change in the everyday lives of millions of people.

In its inaugural year, VinFuture received 599 quality nominations
from more than 60 countries around the world. Among these, nearly 100 nominations came from the world’s top 2% most-cited scientists, many of
whom are laureates of distinguished awards, such as the Nobel Prize,
Breakthrough Prize, Tang Prize, Japan Prize, among others. All the nominations
were assessed in multiple evaluation and selection rounds by a 12 member- Pre-screening
Committee, and then by 11 members of the Prize Council.

With a large number of quality nominations going through a
rigorous assessment process conducted by the Prize Council of globally
influential scientists and leaders in academia, research, and innovation, the
2021 VinFuture Prize is expected to identify breakthrough inventions and innovations
that will bring about practical applications and meaningful impacts on the
everyday lives of people.

Remarkably, the in-person presence of great minds of the global
science and technology community at the inaugural VinFuture Prize Award Ceremony
and the VinFuture Sci-tech Week will contribute to positioning Vietnam as a new
destination full of potentials and open up opportunities to build direct and
multi-dimensional cooperative relationships between scientists and
entrepreneurs, promoting the commercialization and application of scientific
innovations into the real world.

Besides the Laureate
Announcement and the Award Ceremony on January 20th, 2022, there will be
academic activities taking place from January 18-21, 2022, which include:


Conversation with the VinFuture Prize Council members


Symposium: Science for Life

– Scientific Dialogue with the inaugural VinFuture Prize
Laureates.

The VinFuture Prize Foundation, introduced on International
Solidarity Day, December 20th, 2020, is an independent and
non-profit organization in Vietnam. The Foundation was established with the
vision of catalyzing meaningful change in the everyday lives of millions of
people by honoring transformational technological innovations at a global
scale.

 

The Foundation’s core activity is awarding the
annual VinFuture Prize for breakthrough scientific and technological
innovations that have made or have the potential to create meaningful changes
in people’s lives.

 

In addition, the Foundation will conduct many
activities to accomplish its mission, such as funding research projects,
collaborating in academic development, and promoting STEMM education.

 

A total of four prizes are awarded by the VinFuture Prize
Foundation every year, consisting of the VinFuture Grand Prize valued at US$3
million – one of the largest ever annual prizes globally.
VinFuture also awards 03
Special Prizes, each valued at US$500,000, dedicated to female innovators,
developing country innovators, and innovators with outstanding achievements in
emerging fields.

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