Nominations for the Recognition Awards of the World Culture Council possible up to 1 March

Leiden University is looking for young, talented, female scientists (up to 45 years old) to nominate for a WCC Special Recognition Award. Candidates can be proposed until 1 March. This year's ceremony is being organised by Leiden University.

WCC: fellowship and mutual respect

The World Cultural Council (WCC), founded in 1984, is an international organisation set up in Mexico. The council's members include many prominent scientists and societal representratives worldwide, including dozens of Nobel Prize winners. The WCC promotes science, art and culture and aims to foster fellowship among people, countries and governments, based on mutual respect for ideology, religion, race and gender.  


Ewine van Dishoeck won the Einstein Award in 2015

Ewine van Dishoeck won the Einstein Award in 2015

One of the ways in which the WCC wants to achieve its aims is by awarding annual prizes for science (the Albert Einstein World Award of Science), art (the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts) and education (the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education). Astronomer Ewine van Dishoeck won the Albert Einstein Award in 2015, which is the reason why Leiden University is organising the awards (of two of these prizes) in 2017. The award ceremony will take place on 8 November in the Pieterskerk.

Preference for own candidates

Between five and ten so-called Recognition Awards will be presented to young researchers of the host country during the ceremony. Candidates from the host university are preferred, but young scientists from other institutions may also be nominated.

Impact and science communication

Leiden University is using trhe opportunity to tighten up the criteria that candidates have to meet. Nominees should be talented, young, female candidaes (up to 45 years of age), whose research has had an impact on society and about which the researcher is able to communicate readily.

Scientific director

Scientific directors have until 1 March to nominate candidates, in discussion with the dean, who will then be put forward to the Rector Magnificus. Researchers who would like to draw attention to a colleague or who have questions about the awards  should contact their scientific director.


Last Modified: 16-02-2017