Place of Ceremony: Academic Hall
Host Institution: University of Liège
Host Country: Liège, Belgium
(Liège, Belgium November 25, 2009). The World Cultural Council celebrated its 26th Award Ceremony with the host of the University of Liège
Prof. Sir John Houghton, President of the John Ray Initiative, United Kingdom received the 2009 Albert Einstein World Award of Science from Prof. Bernard Rentier, Rector of the University of Liège and authorities of the World Cultural Council.
“This prize from the World Cultural Council has come as a wonderful surprise. I feel most honoured to receive such a prestigious award. As I accept it I realize how much I owe to those who taught me years ago and to those who have worked with me during my varied scientific career.
“…My hope and prayer is that as the nations face the fierce reality and urgency of climate change they may come together in a new spirit of mutual cooperation and partnership.”
Prof. Sir John Houghton
The Hungarian artist Marcell Jankovics received the 2009 “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts from Prof. Bernard Rentier, Rector of the University of Liège and authorities of the World Cultural Council.
“It is a great honor to stand here, before you, and accept such a great appreciation of a life long artistic activity.
“Awards and prizes are important because they give strength and inclination for carrying on. They reinforce us in believing in our fellow-being and oin ourselves, and push us over if the moving of our vehicle begins to halt.”