Brussels, 14 Jan 2003
Time is running out as the deadline for receiving nominations for M.I.T.'s Technology Review of the world's top 100 young innovators draws ever nearer. The 2003 edition of TR100 could be Europe's year. But help is needed.
Phil Janson, who is a senior technical staff member of the IBM Academy of Technology in Zurich, and documented inventor himself, asks the question: "Could you recognise a gifted European researcher and inventor?" Because he has been asked to do just that.
He is one of a panel of judges responsible for choosing 100 of the world's top young innovators in M.I.T. Technology Review's now annual TR100. Mr Janson feels it is up to him to bear the European flag owing to the fact that most of the other judges are North American.
What he needs is a list of talented, especially European, scientists under 35 years old who exemplify the spirit of innovation, and whose work looks set to leave its mark on the 21st century. But he needs this information fast as the submission deadline for nominations to appear in the 2003 edition is 31 January.
Hot spots in technology
The theme for this year will be: transforming existing industries and creating new ones. M.I.T. say they are looking for technology's impact on the 'real economy', as opposed to the now moribund 'new economy'. They identify some major hot topics where a fundamental transformation is in progress, including information technology, biotechnology and medicine, nanotechnology and materials, energy, and transportation.
But the final list is not restricted, in principle, to any field of research. As in the 1999 and 2002 Special Editions, the finalists will be honoured at an exclusive conference and awards ceremony. Several hundred key technology stakeholders will be invited to participate. The event will include a gala dinner and recognition programme, where Technology Review also will present its coveted 'Innovator of the Year' award.