Já estão abertas as candidaturas para o Millennium Technology Prize de 2012, uma espécie de Nobel finlandês para a ciência e tecnologia.
As candidaturas devem ser apresentadas por socieadades ciêntificas, universidadades, insituições de investigação, empresas e associações. Os próprios não se podem auto-propor.
A Academia finlandesa, que organiza o prémio justifica a atribuição deste galardão, que vai na quinta edição, com um critério fundamental:
– “In making their decisions, the main criteria used by the International Selection Committee are an innovation’s favourable impact on people’s lives and on sustainable development, its potential at the moment of evaluation and in the future, and the extent of the resulting change.”
“The invention of the incandescent lamp, radio and penicillin are well-known milestones on the path of technological development,” says Dr. Jarl-Thure Eriksson, Chancellor of Åbo Akademi University and Chairman of the International Selection Committee. “Light, communication and human health are characteristic themes of great innovations. The role played by pure and applied science is an essential one in developing new technologies: the transistor required a knowledge of quantum mechanics, while the electron microscope revealed the secrets of DNA. Acquiring the in-depth insight needed to achieve a significant technological innovation requires faith and perseverance. Winning the Millennium Technology Prize represents recognition for success in such development work.”
Eligible nominations will be examined by the International Selection Committee, a distinguished network of leading Finnish and international scientists and technologists. Innovations selected for the final part of the selection process will be announced in spring 2012. The final decision regarding all the awards is made by the Board of the Technology Academy Finland on the basis of a proposal by the ISC. Awards for the Laureates and the Grand Prize Winner will be presented at a festive ceremony in Helsinki in June 2012.
Consultar o site do prémio.