Web Inventor Receives Millennium Technology Prize
Last month, Tim Berners-Lee received the €1,000,000 Millennium Technology Prize from the Finnish Technology Award Foundation for conceiving of the World Wide Web when he worked at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics near Geneva. It is particularly appropriate that Berners-Lee would receive the world's largest technology prize, finally receiving financial compensation for a groundbreaking concept that he and his colleague, Robert Cailliau, refused to patent. The prize, awarded for “outstanding technological achievements that raised the quality of life,” is supported by the Finnish government and private contributors. [Source: Open Access News]
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Did You Know?
The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) provides financial support for workshops and summer schools co-organized by one of the 18 ERCIM member institutes. The deadline for applications for sponsorship is 10 August 2004 for workshops and summer schools held no earlier than 15 October 2004. The application form and program details are available online.
The Stockholm Water Foundation has issued a call for nominations for the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize. This prize, consisting of a crystal sculpture and US$150,000, is awarded annually to an individual, institution or organization for outstanding activities that broadly contribute to the availability, conservation and protection of the world's water resources. Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form and mailed by 30 September 2004. More details are available on the Stockholm International Water Institute's Web site.
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) offers a number of fellowship programs such as the Bentley Fellowship for the use of fertility enhancing food, forage and cover crops in sustainably managed agroecosystems. Students and researchers with degrees in agriculture, forestry or biology who wish to undertake applied research on a farm in a developing country can apply to receive the CDN$30,000 annual stipend. The deadline for applications is 1 October 2004. [Source: SciDev.Net]
Euroscience's Rammal Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals of strong scientific stature from the Mediterranean countries who have elevated the level of scientific exchanges in the region through their fundamental or applied research, teaching, and/or integration of knowledge. Short introductions and contact information for candidates should be submitted prior to 1 October 2004.
Researchers from academic and research institutions of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) member nations are eligible to apply year-round for FAO's Visiting Experts Program. Through the program, distinguished scholars and researchers who meet critical intellectual and analytical needs in FAO's priority programs can work with FAO for up to one year. FAO also administers the Young Professionals, Retired Experts and Experts for Technical Cooperation programs, which all address the most pressing issues related to hunger, food security and rural development. [Source: Global Development Network]
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World Water Week; Stockholm, Sweden; 16–20 August 2004
EuroScience Open Forum 2004: Highlighting Science, Technology & Innovation in Europe; Stockholm, Sweden; 25–28 August 2004
Monitoring Science & Technology Symposium: Unifying Knowledge for Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere; Denver, Colorado, US; 20–24 September 2004
4th World Conference of Science Journalism; Montréal, Canada; 4–8 October 2004
International Association for the Development of the Information Society (IADIS) WWW/Internet 2004 Conference; Madrid, Spain; 6–9 October 2004
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