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World Cultural Council

The World Cultural Council (WCC) is an international organization that promotes cultural, educational, and scientific eWCC dove and globe logoxchanges among individuals, universities and institutions. Its mission is to foster peace, social justice, and sustainable development through the advancement of culture, science, and education. Primary means in which the WCC accomplishes its mission is through the recognition of outstanding individuals and their achievements in the fields of science, education, and culture. 

Every year the WCC awards the Albert Einstein World Award of Science. In addition, in even years it presents the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts and in odd years it grants the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education. The annual WCC award ceremony is hosted each autumn by a different institute across the globe providing a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue.

World Award of Arts

The World Award of Arts is a prestigious international recognition presented by the non-profit organization, the World Cultural Council. The WCC aims to promote cultural exchange and understanding through various initiatives, including the World Award of Arts. This award honors exceptional artists for their lifetime achievements and contributions, ranging from literature to architecture. The recipients are selected by the WCC’s committee of experts, and the award ceremony is held annually. Overall, the World Award of Arts serves as a platform for promoting cultural diversity and exchange, making it a significant recognition for artists globally.


World Award of Science

The World Award of Science honors those who have made significant contributions to science across various fields. The accolade recognizes innovative thinking and research and aims to inspire future scientific progress. Winners are chosen by an international panel and the ceremony is held annually.


World Award of Education

The José Vasconcelos World Award of Education is granted to a renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or someone who has brought about visionary development in education policy. Through their work, the individual or team should have had a significantly positive influence on the quality and reach


39th award ceremony

2024 Award Ceremony at McGill University

The World Cultural Council and the McGill University are delighted to announce that the 39th WCC Award Ceremony will take place at the McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 22-23 October, 2024.

McGill University website WCC event page

Also visit the McGill University website for information about the 2024 Award Ceremony.

Ceremonies Locations

WCC Event Locations Map

Finland 2023 | 2014 | 2003

Estonia 2011

Sweden 1985

Canada 1992

USA 2008 | 1989

Mexico 2010 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 1995 | 1993 | 1988 | 1986 | 1984

Norway 1999

Denmark 2012

United Kingdom 2015 | 1996

Ireland 2002

Belgium 2009 | 2004

Netherlands 2017 | 2001

Germany 1987

Switzerland 1990

South Africa 2000

Japan 2019

Hong Kong 2018

Thailand 1997

Singapore 2013

Australia 1991

Latvia 2016

New Zealand 1998

Portugal 2022

Canada 2024

To learn more about the World Cultural Council award ceremony locations around the world, simply hover over the dots on the map. As you do so, the location name and year(s) of the award ceremonies held there will be conveniently revealed.

Clicking on the year in the description label will take you to the corresponding event page for details.

For a listing of all ceremonies, see the Ceremonies page.

Recent Award Winners

Prof. Christoph Gerber

Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2023 Field of Work: Nanoscale Science Date: 3 November 2023 Place of Ceremony: Great Hall Host Institution: University of


Prof. Larry V. Hedges

José Vasconcelos World Award of Education 2023 Field of Work: Meta-analysis Date: 3 November 2023 Place of Ceremony: Great Hall Host Institution: University of Helsinki


J. Meejin Yoon

Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts 2022 Field of Work: Architecture Date: 29-30 November 2022 Place of Ceremony: Great Hall of Acts, “Sala dos


Prof. Claudia Mitchell

José Vasconcelos World Award of Education 2022 Field of Work: Educational Leadership Date: 29-30 November 2022 Place of Ceremony: Great Hall of Acts, “Sala dos


Prof. Victoria M. Kaspi

Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2022 Field of Work: Astrophysics Date: 29-30 November 2022 Place of Ceremony: Great Hall of Acts, “Sala dos Capelos”


Prof. Zhong Lin Wang

Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2019 Field of Work: Nanotechnology Date: 3-4 October 2019 Place of Ceremony: Main Convention Hall Host Institution: University of