International Balzan Prize Foundation

The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences, and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace, and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.

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About us

The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences, and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace, and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.

Currently, four annual awards are made: two in literature, moral sciences, and the arts; and two in the physical, mathematical, and natural sciences, and in medicine. In 2001, regulations concerning the prizes were changed, and prize winners must now destine half of their awards for research projects carried out preferably by young humanists and scientists.
At intervals of no less than three years, the Balzan Foundation also awards a prize for Humanity, Peace, and Fraternity among Peoples.

The Balzan Foundation acts jointly through two Foundations: one with headquarters in Milan and the other with headquarters in Zurich. At the “Prize” Foundation in Milan, the General Prize Committee, which is composed of eminent European scholars and scientists, chooses the subject areas of the awards and makes the nominations. The “Fund” Foundation in Zurich administers Eugenio Balzan’s estate.

The Latest Prizewinners

The four Balzan Prizes are awarded to scholars and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level. The Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace, and Fraternity Among Peoples is a special prize awarded at intervals of no less than three years.
Denmark and The Netherlands 2022

Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Hans Oerlemans

2022 Balzan Prize for Glaciation and Ice-Sheet Dynamics
USA 2022

Martha C. Nussbaum

2022 Balzan Prize for Moral Philosophy
USA 2022

Philip V. Bohlman

2022 Balzan Prize for Ethnomusicology
USA 2022

Robert Langer

2022 Balzan Prize for Biomaterials for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering

Updates

News, facts, appointments, events, and articles about the Prize, the Prizewinners, and the Foundation.

Updates

12 September 2022

The 2022 Balzan Prizewinners

Martha C. Nussbaum, Philip Bohlman, Robert Langer, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Johannes Oerlemans The amount of each prize is 750,000 Swiss Francs for each subject area. Half of the total amount must be used for projects that involve young researchers. [+ Press Release . pdf]

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Updates

1 July 2022

The 2021 Balzan Prizes Awarded in Bern

750,000 Swiss Francs for each of the four subjects. The Prizewinners must allocate half of the amount to research projects. [+ Booklet]

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Events

22 September 2021

Annual Balzan Lecture: Jacques Aumont in Locarno

Jacques Aumont, 2019 Balzan Prize for Film Studies, gave the Annual Balzan Lecture 2021 entitled Le détail révélateur at the PalaCinema in Locarno on 29 September 2021.

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Publications

The Balzan Foundation collects essays, scholarly contributions, and dissertations by its Laureates in books and periodical publications. Two series, the Annual Balzan Lecture and the Balzan Papers, are published by Leo S. Olschki of Florence.

1 September 2021

Balzan Papers: fourth issue

The fourth issue of the Balzan Papers, a multi-disciplinary anthology of the Balzan Foundation, has been published by Olschki of Florence.

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13 May 2019

Annual Balzan Lecture: Bina Agarwal

Beyond Family Farming: Gendering the Collective: the tenth volume of the Annual Balzan Lectures series

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14 December 2010

Balzan Papers: third issue

The third issue of the Balzan Papers, multi-disciplinary anthology of the Balzan Foundation, edited by Salvatore Veca, has been published by Olschki of Florence.

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30 December 2018

Annual Balzan Lecture: Federico Capasso

From Quantum Cascade Lasers to Flat Optics for the Twenty-First Century: the ninth volume of the series

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Videos: Balzan Prize

Video recordings of major public events organized by the Balzan Foundation

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Photographs

Photo galleries of Balzan Prizewinners from 1961 to the present, taken at awards ceremonies in Rome and Bern.

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