YOU ARE HERE: WCC Award 2012

World Cultural Council Award Ceremony 2012

The World Cultural Council Award 2012 at Aarhus University


The World Cultural Council acknowledges individuals or institutions that have made outstanding achievements in science, education and the arts by granting the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science, the “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education and the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts to eminent figures whose work has had a significantly positive impact on the cultural legacy of mankind.

These prizes are widely recognised in the scientific, educational and arts communities. In 2012 two awards will be presented: the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science and the “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education. These awards will be conferred on eminent pioneers in their respective fields in honour of their tireless efforts to advance human culture and wellbeing.

Videos from World Cultural Council Award 2012 at Aarhus University

World Cultural Council - opening ceremony

WCC 2012: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht: "After 1945: About the emergence of a new relation to time"

WCC 2012: Edmund H. Fischer: "The origin of reversible protein phosporylation as a regulatory mechanism"

Professor Michael Grätzel is the winner of the 2012 Albert Einstein World Award of Science

The members of the Interdisciplinary Committee have chosen Professor Michael Grätzel, Director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland as the winner of the 2012 Albert Einstein World Award of Science for his outstanding accomplishments for the welfare of mankind and the health of the planet. Professor Michael Grätzel has arguably solved one of the foremost technical problems in the field of energy and sustainability that we face today through a major contribution, namely the development of the dye-sensitized solar cell, known as the DSC or Grätzel Cell. Read more about the award winner

Professor Michael Grätzel will give a special lecture prior to the Award Ceremony at Aarhus University on the topic Nanostructured systems for the generation of fuels and electricity from sunlight. Read more about this lecture and other special lectures 

World Cultural Council - Michael Grätzel

Video about the winner shown at the 29th Award Ceremony at Aarhus University (April 18, 2012)

Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the winner of the 2012 José Vasconcelos World Award of Education

Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature of French & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University, USA, has been selected as the winner of the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education 2012.

The prize is awarded to Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht for his prolific humanistic research and outstanding influence across continents as a scholar and groundbreaking philosopher. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht was appointed honorary doctor at Aarhus University i 2010. Read more about the award winner

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht will give a special lecture at Aarhus University prior to the Award Ceremony. Special lectures by Award Winners 2012 and WCC President Edmond H. Fischer

World Cultural Council - Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Video about the winner shown at the 29th Award Ceremony at Aarhus University (April 18, 2012)

Special recognitions

In addition to the presentation of these awards, special acknowledgements will be granted to a number of distinguished Danish researchers.The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education and Aarhus University are proud to host the World Cultural Council Award Ceremony in 2012. Rewarding extraordinary achievements through awards and special acknowledgements are another way to bring talent and excellence into focus.

Read more about the eight young and distinguished Danish researchers, who will be granted special acknowledgements in 2012

Read more about the Council and the awards here

Comments on content: 
Revised 2012.05.03