General Prize Committee

Working within the “Prize” Foundation in Milan, the General Prize Committee is composed of twenty members of international renown from all over Europe, and is selected from among the most distinguished figures in the humanities, sciences, and arts.

The General Prize Committee establishes the subject areas for the awards and decides on the winners from among the nominations entered by the world’s most important international cultural institutions – universities, research institutes, and academies – at the Foundation’s request.


Marta Cartabia


Full Professor of Constitutional Law at Bocconi University, Milan; President Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court; former Minister of Justice of Italy


Peter Kuon

Vice Chair

Professor Emeritus of Romance Philology at the University of Salzburg


Sebastian Bonhoeffer

Vice Chair

Full Professor of Theoretical Biology, ETH Zurich; Director of Collegium Helveticum; member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and International Honorary Member of the US Academy of Arts and Sciences

United Kingdom

Frances Ashcroft

Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford; Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, and of the Royal Society, London

The Netherlands

Sierd A.P.L. Cloetingh

Distinguished Utrecht University Professor; former President of Academia Europæa; former President of the European Association for Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST); former Vice-President of the European Research Council (ERC); Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech); Foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Paolo de Bernardis

Full Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”; Italian Principal Investigator of the international stratospheric balloon experiment BOOMERanG; Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and of the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL, Rome


Børge Diderichsen

Former Vice President, Novo Nordisk, Denmark; former Chairman of the International Advisory Board of VIB (Flemish Institute of Biotechnology) in Ghent


Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco

Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology, NOVA University of Lisbon; former President of the International Council for Traditional Music and former Vice President of the Society of Ethnomusicology; Founder and former President of the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Center for Studies in Music and Dance of the NOVA University of Lisbon


Paolo Galluzzi

Honorary President of the Museo Galileo-Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence; former Professor of History of Science at the University of Florence; Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Science, Stockholm, and of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Venice; member of the Académie internationale d’histoire des sciences, Paris, of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, and of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia


Nathalie Heinich

Directeur de recherche de classe exceptionnelle in sociology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris; Member of the Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage (CRAL) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris


Massimo Inguscio

Professor Emeritus of Matter Physics at the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome; President Emeritus of the National Research Council (CNR), Rome; former President of the National Institute of Metrological Research (INRIM), Turin; co-founder, fellow and former Director of the European Laboratory of Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS), Florence; national member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, and of the Accademia Europæa


Alberto Mantovani

Professor Emeritus of Pathology at the Humanitas University in Milan, Scientific Director of the Istituto Clinico Humanitas; Chair of Inflammation and Therapeutic Innovation, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University, London, UK; Fellow of the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome, and of the Academia Europæa

United Kingdom

Helen Margetts

Professor of Society and the Internet at Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Director of the Public Policy Programme, Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and AI.


Christoph Riedweg

Professor Emeritus of Classics / Greek at the University of Zurich; former Chairman of the ZAZH – Center for the Study of the Ancient World, UZH; former Director of the Istituto Svizzero di Roma


Laure Saint-Raymond

Permanent professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Université Paris-Saclay; member of the Académie des Sciences, Institut de France, of the Academia Europæa, and of the European Academy of Sciences; international member of the US Academy of Sciences

The Netherlands

Marjan Schwegman

Professor Emeritus of Political and Cultural History of the Twentieth Century, Utrecht University; former Director of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome; former Director of the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam


Maria Strømme

Professor of Nanotechnology, Head of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials Division, and Chairperson of Upptech, The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University; Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters


Erika von Mutius

Director of the Institute of Asthma and Allergy Prevention, Head of the Environmental Health Center, Helmholtz Zentrum Munich; Member of the Academia Leopoldina, of the Academia Europæa, of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)


Tristan Weddigen

Director at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome; Professor of History of Early Modern Art at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich

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