The Rammal Award, created in memory of the great Lebanese physicist Rammal Rammal (1951-1991), is awarded each year to an outstanding personality or organisation of strong scientific stature who, through their life and through activities pursued in a Mediterranean country (whether in fundamental or applied research, teaching, or the integration of knowledge), has elevated the level of scientific exchanges or the perception of science in the region. Scientists and organisations of all disciplines may suggest names of nominees.
Active scientists from any disciplinary background, including exact sciences, social sciences and humanities, are eligible. Organisations supporting similar objectives are also eligible.
Prof. Gilbert G.A. Balavoine is the main responsbile person for the general management of Rammal Award.
Rammal Award 2011
The 2011 Rammal Award has been handed over to:
SESAME (SYNCHROTRON-LIGHT FOR EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST): http://www.sesame.org.jo/sesame/
Euroscience President Lauritz Holm-Nielsen (left) handing over the Rammal medal to Prof. Chris Llewellyn-Smith (right). More pictures are available here.
Prof. Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Chair of the Board of SESAME and former Director General of CERN, accepted the Rammal Medal and presented SESAME as a special guest at the 2012 Euroscience General Assembly in Dublin (July 14th 2012).
Lear more about SESAME, see Prof. Chris Llewellyn-Smith presentation.
Previous Rammal Awardees
The Rammal Award for the year 2009 honoured both:
Istanbul Technical University,
Professor Ayse Erzan is a leading specialist in complex and critical systems, she collaborates with several groups in the Mediterranean area and is very active in the domain of human rights and ethics. She is notably a member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.
The Foundation René Touraine has been created in 1991 by Prof. Louis Dubertret, presently at Hôpital Saint Louis in Paris. Since its creation, the Foundation works to screen for and cure genetic skin diseases in Mediterranean countries. It has also greatly contributed to the training of young physicians from those countries.
University Ibn Tofail, Kenitra.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Racah Institute of Physics
Prof. Amit worked tirelessly for a just and mutually acceptable peace between the Arab World (and in particular the Palestinian people) and Israel, especially through a close scientific and educational cooperation among peoples of this part of the world.
Professor at the University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat
Professor of Linguistics at University of Paris XIII
Dr. Moulin has long invested herself in Mediterranean studies. She has taught and organised various seminars and conferences on the History of Sciences and Medicine, in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Iran, etc. and has published numerous studies in social sciences, history of science, and health problems in the Mediterranean world.
Institute of Geodynamics, National Observatory of Athens
Besides important publications on seismicity and on the possibility of earthquake prediction, in particular in the inner Aegean seismic zone, Gerassimos Papadopoulos has led several international groups of seismologists, succeeding in particular to establish collaborative groups of researchers between Greece and Turkey. He is also leading the Greek group of a large collaborative project with research institutes from France, Italy, Greece, and Spain under the sponsorship of DGXII-EU.
Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, Toronto
His prolific and time consuming scientific production never impeded Professor Teebi from giving his time, expertise and resources to alleviate the suffering of the sick in the Palestinian refugee camps. On multiple occasions he volunteered for humanitarian missions to Palestine, and has been active in promoting such missions.
Medical genetics, University Saint-Joseph, Beyrouth
Laboratory of synchrotron radiation,
1998: Medal non attributed
1997: Lotfia EL NADI - Laser physics, University of Cairo
1996: Manuel VELARDE - Theoretical physical chemistry, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
1995: Habib BOUCHRIHA and Faouzia CHARFI - Condensed matter physics, Tunis
1994: Celal SENGÖR - Geology, Technical University, Istanbul
1993: Miguel VIRASORO - Director of the Abdus Salam International Center of Theoretical Physics, Trieste