Press release: Rammal Award 2018 goes to Dr. Ismail Serageldin

EuroScience is proud to announce that Dr. Ismail Serageldin is the recipient of the 2018 Rammal Award for his many scientific contributions in economic development and sustainable agriculture for food security in the developing countries as well as for his tireless campaigning for mutual understanding, tolerance, learning and understanding between peoples, religions and nations. The Rammal Award will be handed over at ESOF2018, the EuroScience Open Forum, that will take place in Toulouse (France) between July 9 and 14, 2018.

Dr. Ismail Serageldin who is from Egypt (Guiza, 1944), started out as an economist for the World Bank, and worked in many positions in the 70-ies and 80-ies, including in the Middle East, North Africa and Africa as a whole. From 1993-1998 he was Vice-President of the World Bank of Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, and of 1998 till 2000 for Special Programmes. From 1993-2000 he also served as chair of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) which he helped put on a sustainable footing again. CGIAR is the world’s largest ongoing cooperative effort to harness science for the promotion of sustainable agriculture for food production in the developing countries. In 2001 he took the initiative to re-found the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and set it up again as a major place of scholarship and international collaboration in the region, but also beyond that region, where one cannot hear enough the voices of toleration, rationality, learning and understanding between peoples, religions and nations. His has always been the voice of tolerant Islam, and he is tireless in making that voice heard in his many official positions (he is for example advisor to the Egyptian prime Minister in matters concerning culture, science and museums) but also through his very active participation in public debates in the region and all over the world. He has been honoured with a large number of honorary doctorates and other scientific recognitions, apart from the many civil distinctions he has received. He has a BSc of Cairo University and a Master and PhD degree of Harvard University.

The Rammal Award is named after a Lebanese researcher, Rammal Rammal (1951-1991), whose career was international and who devoted his life, not only to advancing science, but also to fostering good human relations through the pursuit and exchange of knowledge, especially in the Mediterranean region.  Thus, the Jury is also very attentive to the ethical and moral dimensions of scientific work and attaches much importance to the part science can play in relieving social and political tensions in or between countries of the Mediterranean area. Thus, the Rammal Award recognizes a scientist, group of scientists or an institution not only for outstanding contributions to science, but also for positive actions in a broader social or educational context and especially in the promotion of collaboration and understanding in the Mediterranean region and neighbouring countries.

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Strasbourg, April 05, 2018