Announcement of 2017 Winners




Professor Omar M. Yaghi, the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry, University of California-Berkeley, USA, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 ALBERT EINSTEIN World Award of ScienceRead More.


The 2017 LEONARDO DA VINCI World Award of Arts will be granted to Professor Russell Hartenberger, Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology and Percussion, and former Dean of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Canada. … Read More.

This year the WCC’s 34th Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 15:00 hrs. in Leiden University, the Netherlands.

As part of the programme, the World Cultural Council, in cooperation with the host institution, organizes a distinguished lecture by each award winner, providing an opportunity for interaction between the university community and the laureate. These lectures will take place on the morning of Wednesday 8th November.

During this event, the World Cultural Council grants special acknowledgements to young researchers or scholars of the host country who have achieved outstanding performance in the fields of science, education or arts. This year nine promising young female research leaders from Leiden University will be recognised.

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Since 1984 the WCC has held a yearly Award Ceremony, granting prizes to outstanding scientists, educators and artists whose breakthroughs in the fields of knowledge, learning and research have contributed positively to the cultural enrichment of mankind.

Each ceremony is held in a different country with a renowned university or academic institute acting as host. The WCC and Leiden University are enthusiastic about this new partnership. It offers the opportunity to jointly disseminate our many shared values including 1) excellence as a guiding principle in research, innovation and higher education, 2) inspiring future generations by recognizing extraordinary individuals and achievements, and 3) embracing a vision of diversity and mutual respect towards a better world.

As a venue, Leiden University is a fitting setting for recognizing the outstanding achievements of the awardees and celebrating the inspiration that they bring as role models for encouraging a fairer society by motivating one individual at a time.