The 2016 Balzan Prizes presented in Rome
The Balzan Prizes 2016 were presented today by the President of the Italian Republic. During the ceremony, which took place at the Palazzo del Quirinale, the prizes were presented to:
PIERO BOITANI (Italy), Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, for Comparative Literature
FEDERICO CAPASSO (Italy/USA), Harvard University, for Applied Photonics
REINHARD JAHN (Germany), Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, including neurodegenerative and developmental aspects

The ceremony took place in the presence of the Presidents of the International Balzan Foundation "Prize", Enrico Decleva, and the International Balzan Foundation "Fund", Claudio Generali. In accordance with the ceremony’s usual formalities, each Prizewinner, introduced in turn by Salvatore Veca, Chairman of the General Prize Committee, gave a speech of acceptance and thanks.

The amount of each Balzan Prize is 750,000 Swiss Francs; the Prizewinners must destine half of the prize to finance research projects that are preferably carried out by young scholars or scientists.

The Ceremony 2016 will be followed by a series of events on Friday 18 November, at the Accademia dei Lincei, starting at 10:30 am with the presentation of the book The Balzan Prizewinners' Research Projects, an Overview 2016 and a programme involving several young researchers. From 2:30 pm onwards, the Balzan Prizewinners Interdisciplinary Forum will be held.
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