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.

Luciano Maiani (Italy)


Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”; Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, and of the American Physical Society

Bengt Gustafsson (Sweden)


Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Uppsala; Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Antonio Padoa Schioppa (Italy)


Professor Emeritus of Legal History at the State University of Milan; former President of the Istituto Lombardo, Academy of Sciences and the Humanities, Milan; Foreign Fellow of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, Institut de France, Paris

Sierd A.P.L. Cloetingh (The Netherlands)

Distinguished Utrecht University Professor; President of the Academia Europaea; President of the COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology) Association; former Vice-President of the European Research Council; member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the German Academy of Technical Sciences and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Donatella della Porta (Italy)

Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Department of Political and Social Sciences and Director of the Centre of Social Movement Studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence

Børge Diderichsen (Denmark)

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

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco (Portugal)

Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia - Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and President of the International Council for Traditional Music

Étienne Ghys (France)

Permanent Secretary of the Académie des sciences, Institut de France, Paris; Research Director CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Andrea Giardina (Italy)

Professor of Roman History at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; President of the International Committee of Historical Sciences; Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome

H. Charles J. Godfray (United Kingdom)

Professor of Population Biology at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Martin School and Fellow of Jesus College; Fellow of the Royal Society

Nathalie Heinich (France)

Research Director 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

Jules A. Hoffmann (France/Luxembourg)

Distinguished Class Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Emeritus), Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Strasbourg; Professor at the University of Strasbourg; former President of the Académie des sciences, Institut de France, Paris; Member of the Académie française; 2011 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

Peter Kuon (Germany)

Professor of Romance Philology at the University of Salzburg, Austria

Thomas Maissen (Switzerland)

Director of the German Historical Institute in Paris; Chair in Early Modern History at the University of Heidelberg; Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Erwin Neher (Germany)

Director Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen; Member of the Academia Europaea; Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Society, London; 1991 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

Marjan Schwegman (The Netherlands)

Professor Emeritus of Political and Cultural History of the Twentieth Century, Utrecht University; former Director of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome

Quentin Skinner (United Kingdom)

Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London; Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academia Europaea; Foreign Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome

Victor Stoichita (Romania/Spain/Switzerland)

Chair of Modern Art History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Foreign Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome 

Peter Suter (Switzerland)

Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Geneva; former President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

Carlo Wyss (Switzerland)

Former Director for Accelerators at CERN. Expert in the design of superconducting acceleration cavities and magnets for series manufacture by industry

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