2009 Balzan Prizes: the final events in Berne (October 2009)

The 2009 Prizewinners
Terence Cave - Literature since 1500 (for his outstanding contributions to a new understanding of Renaissance literature and of the influence of Aristotelian poetics in modern European literature)
Michael Grätzel - Science of New Materials (for his many contributions to the Science of New Materials, and in particular for his invention and development of a new type of photovoltaic solar cell, the Dye Sensitized Cell, commonly known as the Grätzel Cell)
Brenda Milner - Cognitive Neuroscience (for her pioneering studies of the role of the hippocampus in the formation of memory and her identification of different kinds of memory system)
Paolo Rossi Monti - History of Science (for his major contributions to the study of the intellectual foundations of science from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment)
will be awarded on Friday 20 November, in Berne during the Award Ceremony to be held at the Federal Palace starting from 5 pm, in the Federal Council Hall.    
The four Balzan Prizewinners 2009 will receive the parchment from the Vice President of the Federal Council and Head of the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Doris Leuthard. The Presidents of the Balzan Foundation "Prize" and "Fund", Bruno Bottai and Achille Casanova, and of the General Prize Committee, Salvatore Veca, will deliver the official speeches.     
The ceremony will be preceded on Thursday 19 November, starting from 2.15 pm, by the Balzan Prizewinners  Interdisciplinary Forum, organized together with the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, at the Swiss National Science Foundation (Assembly Room, Wildhainweg 21, Berne): an occasion for public debate on the prize fields with the protagonists themselves Terence Cave, Michael Grätzel, Brenda Milner and Paolo Rossi Monti, who will be presented by members of the Balzan General Prize Committee Nicola Cabibbo, John Richard Krebs, Nicolette Mout and Karlheinz Stierle.    

The Balzan Award Ceremony is held in alternate years in Rome, attended by the President of the Italian Republic, and Berne, in the presence of one of the seven Federal Councillors, usually the Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs of the Swiss Confederation.  Each award, currently one million Swiss francs, about 660mila euros, is designed for mid to continue scientific research.

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