An overwhelming amount of nominations were received by the VinFuture Prize coming from 60 different countries, affirming the organization’s mission to "to create meaningful change in the everyday lives of millions of people by promoting breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations".
The majority of candidates were from North America (31.6%), Asia (33.9%), and Europe (21%) as well as nominations coming from scientists in Oceania, Latin America, and Africa. In particular, female scientists were nominated in all four prize categories, accounting for 34.3% of the total nominees. This number is already a precedent for women in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
With its impressive diversity of candidates, the submissions were seen with great potential in depth of areas that address global challenges. According to the press release, “a significant number of nominated innovations focus on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases on a global scale, sustainable poverty elimination, smart agriculture, clean food supply, renewable energy, and applications of artificial intelligence and digital technologies in education and life.”
The nominations will be reviewed by a pre-screening committee consisting of 12 members from various disciplines and countries. The shortlisted candidates will be announced in August 2021. From thereon, laureates will be selected independently by the Prize Council. Finally, the VinFuture Grand Prize will be announced on 20th of December 2021, while the official award ceremony will be held in Vietnam on the 20th of January 2022.
The VinFuture Prize is a global science and technology prize founded by Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup, and his wife, Madam Pham Thu Huong, to recognize groundbreaking scientific discoveries and technological inventions proven to create, or having the potential to create, better changes in the everyday lives of millions of people and foster a sustainable living environment for future generations.
To learn more, please visit: https://vinfutureprize.org/
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