Brussels, 12 July 2005
The Descartes Grand Jury has announced the shortlist for the 2005 Descartes Research Prize for, outstanding scientific work carried out by a multinational team of researchers. These 14 projects will compete for a €1.15m scientific award. The winners of the 2005 award will be announced in London on 2 December.
The shortlist was chosen from 85 submissions – three times more than in 2004. The 14 projects are made up of 76 teams from 22 countries across Europe and also from countries such as US, Japan, Russia, Singapore and South Africa.
The Descartes Research Prize is awarded to teams of researchers who have achieved outstanding scientific and technological results through collaborative research. The prize is open to teams from all fields of scientific endeavour. The prize is awarded by the European Commission as part of its programme to increase contact between science and society.
The shortlist is comprised of the following projects:
- the “PULSE” project
- the “Turing” project
- the “EXEL” project
- the “Hidemar” project
- the “HESS” project
- the “PITCID” project
- the “Cancergenes” project
- the “Pathfinder” project
- the “EURO-PID” project
- the “ESS” project
- the “IDEE” project
- the “CECA” project
- the “Tannin Adhesives” project
- the “GRAB” project
The nominated projects will now be evaluated by the Descartes Grand Jury, comprised of renowned personalities from various academic disciplines, industrial and public life and is chaired by Prof. Ene Ergma, Vice-president of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and Chairperson of the Estonian Parliament. Following the evaluation, five finalists will be chosen and a maximum of five winners will be awarded the Descartes Research Prize.
A second prize for Communication will be awarded at the ceremony on 2 December, with winners chosen from the 63 submissions received in this category.
For more information, visit: http://europa.eu.int/co mm/research/descartes/index_en.htm
See also MEMO/05/252 .