Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

More than 100 candidates for the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize

22.11.2005


The nomination period for the Millennium Technology Prize 2006, the world’s biggest technology award, has closed and the process of selecting a winner has begun. High-level proposals have been received from 32 countries.



Expressing his satisfaction with the geographical coverage of the nominations received, Dr. Tapio Alvesalo, Secretary General of the Millennium Prize Foundation and Secretary of the International Selection Committee, said ”In terms of international awareness of the Millennium Technology Prize, we are especially pleased to see stronger participation from Africa and Asia. The largest number of nominations from individual countries came from China and the USA.”

The award of the inaugural prize to Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has set a very high standard. ”The quality of the nominations looks good. It is clear that our target group has recognised the special position of the Millennium Technology Prize as an award for applied technology that improves quality of life,” said Dr. Alvesalo.


Selection process has four phases

Selection of the winner of the Millennium Technology Prize is a multi-phase process involving the best Finnish and international expertise. During the first, pre-selection phase, nominations are examined by a Finnish team. A list of the candidates recommended for further consideration is then produced.

Both the results of the pre-selection phase and all the individual nominations are passed to members of the eight-man International Selection Committee so that they can carry out their own independent assessments. In March 2006, the International Selection Committee will assemble in Helsinki. During a week of discussions, the committee’s members form a unanimous view of who should win the Millennium Technology Prize. The final decision on the winner of the prize is made by the board of the Millennium Prize Foundation.

The identity of the winner of the Millennium Technology Prize 2006 will be announced on 15th June 2006, and the prize will be awarded at a ceremony to be held in Helsinki on 8th September.

The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded every second year for a technological innovation that has significantly improved quality of life. The objective of the prize is to guide technological development in a humane direction by rewarding research and development work and innovations that target improved quality of life and sustainable development. The inaugural Millennium Technology Prize was presented to Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, in June 2004.

Eeva Ahola | alfa
Further information:
http://www.tekes.fi
http://www.millenniumprize.fi

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht The Maturation Pattern of the Hippocampus Drives Human Memory Deve
23.07.2018 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

nachricht Cebit 2018: Saarbrücken Start-up combines Tinkering and Programming for Elementary School Kids
05.06.2018 | Universität des Saarlandes

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: New interactive machine learning tool makes car designs more aerodynamic

Scientists develop first tool to use machine learning methods to compute flow around interactively designable 3D objects. Tool will be presented at this year’s prestigious SIGGRAPH conference.

When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model...

Im Focus: Robots as 'pump attendants': TU Graz develops robot-controlled rapid charging system for e-vehicles

Researchers from TU Graz and their industry partners have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system (CCS) for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.

Global demand for electric vehicles is forecast to rise sharply: by 2025, the number of new vehicle registrations is expected to reach 25 million per year....

Im Focus: The “TRiC” to folding actin

Proteins must be folded correctly to fulfill their molecular functions in cells. Molecular assistants called chaperones help proteins exploit their inbuilt folding potential and reach the correct three-dimensional structure. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have demonstrated that actin, the most abundant protein in higher developed cells, does not have the inbuilt potential to fold and instead requires special assistance to fold into its active state. The chaperone TRiC uses a previously undescribed mechanism to perform actin folding. The study was recently published in the journal Cell.

Actin is the most abundant protein in highly developed cells and has diverse functions in processes like cell stabilization, cell division and muscle...

Im Focus: Lining up surprising behaviors of superconductor with one of the world's strongest magnets

Scientists have discovered that the electrical resistance of a copper-oxide compound depends on the magnetic field in a very unusual way -- a finding that could help direct the search for materials that can perfectly conduct electricity at room temperatur

What happens when really powerful magnets--capable of producing magnetic fields nearly two million times stronger than Earth's--are applied to materials that...

Im Focus: World record: Fastest 3-D tomographic images at BESSY II

The quality of materials often depends on the manufacturing process. In casting and welding, for example, the rate at which melts solidify and the resulting microstructure of the alloy is important. With metallic foams as well, it depends on exactly how the foaming process takes place. To understand these processes fully requires fast sensing capability. The fastest 3D tomographic images to date have now been achieved at the BESSY II X-ray source operated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.

Dr. Francisco Garcia-Moreno and his team have designed a turntable that rotates ultra-stably about its axis at a constant rotational speed. This really depends...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Within reach of the Universe

08.08.2018 | Event News

A journey through the history of microscopy – new exhibition opens at the MDC

27.07.2018 | Event News

2018 Work Research Conference

25.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

'Building up' stretchable electronics to be as multipurpose as your smartphone

14.08.2018 | Information Technology

During HIV infection, antibody can block B cells from fighting pathogens

14.08.2018 | Life Sciences

First study on physical properties of giant cancer cells may inform new treatments

14.08.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>