The Third Avicenna Prize to Professor Renzong Qiu Emeritus (People’s Republic of China)/ 2009

The Third Avicenna Prize to Professor Renzong Qiu Emeritus (People’s Republic of China)/ 2009

 

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has awarded the 2009 Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science to Professor Renzong Qiu from the People’s Republic of China, a pioneer in the field of bioethics

 

Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy (People’s Republic of China) and Professor and Chairperson of the Academic Committee at the Centre for Bioethics at the Peking Union Medical College. 

 

The Director-General of UNESCO has awarded the 2009 UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science to Professor Renzong Qiu (People’s Republic of China). The laureate was honoured formally by the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Marcio Barbosa, on behalf of the Director-General, at a ceremony that took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 18 December 2009.

 

The laureate was awarded a certificate, a gold medal commemorating his contribution to the field of ethics, as well as a cheque of US$10,000 and delivered, as the recipient of the prize, a keynote lecture. Several selected papers on the Ethics of Science and Technology will be collected in a volume to be published by UNESCO in 2010. 

 

Professor Qiu is a pioneer in the field of bioethics whose research in the ethics of science and steadfast public advocacy of ethical issues related to science have established him as a major figure both in the Chinese academic community and worldwide. 

 

Professor Qiu will receive the prize, which consists of a certificate, a gold medal commemorating his contribution to the field of ethics and a cheque for US$10,000, at a ceremony on 18 December at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room XI, 3 p.m.).

 

The committee of the Avicenna Prize noted that Professor Qiu’s research in the ethics of science and steadfast public advocacy of ethical issues related to science have established him as a major figure not only in the Chinese academic community but worldwide. His work on life-sustaining technology, assisted reproduction technology, public health and cloning has been supplemented by political initiatives in ethical policy. He has published over 20 volumes and nearly 280 articles on ethical issues and drafted guidelines for researchers and policy-makers.

 

His illustrious career in the field of ethics has been further demonstrated by the publication of over 20 volumes and nearly 280 articles. In addition, he has drafted ethical guidelines which have been essential to both researchers and policy-makers alike. 

 

His research in life-sustaining technology, assisted reproduction technology, public health and cloning, have thus been supplemented by political initiatives in ethical policy. He has been an instrumental figure in the interpretation and implementation of universal ethical principles in the People’s Republic of China and has been actively involved in raising awareness about ethical issues and their implicit relationship to good governance, social welfare and human rights. 

 

Professor Qiu is currently an Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy (People’s Republic of China) and Professor and Chairperson of the Academic Committee at the Centre for Bioethics at the Peking Union Medical College. Professor Qiu currently serves as the Vice-President of the Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Health and is also a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on AIDS and Human Rights.

 

Professor Qiu’s keynote lecture at the award ceremony for the Avicenna Prize will be included with a selection of his papers on the ethics of science and technology in a volume to be published by UNESCO in 2010.

Established by UNESCO’s Executive Board on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science rewards every two years the activities of individuals or groups in the field of ethics in science. The Prize is named after the 11th-century physician and humanist philosopher Abu Ali al-Husain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina (980-1038), known in Europe as Avicenna.

 

 

 

source: UNESCO

 

 

 

Apr 9, 2009 11:58
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