The Balzan Prize’s aim is to foster culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.
The Prizes are awarded in the subject areas:
- Literature, moral sciences, and the arts;
- Physical, mathematical and natural sciences and medicine;
- Humanities, peace and fraternity among peoples.
The four subject areas, two in literature, the moral sciences and the arts, and two in the physical, mathematical and natural sciences and medicine, change every year. No more than four prizes may be awarded in any one year.
The General Prize Committee announced that the 2020 Balzan Prizes will be awarded in the following fields.
■ Earth System Dynamics
■ Environmental Challenges: Materials Science for Renewable Energy
■ Environmental Challenges: Responses from the Social Sciences and the Humanities
■ Human Rights
The General Prize Committee of the “Prize” Foundation invites the most prestigious international cultural and scientific institutions (universities, research institutes and academies) and figures recognized by the General Prize Committee as highly distinguished in the chosen fields for that year to submit names of candidates for the four annual Balzan Prizes.
Nominations must be submitted by 15 March of the relevant year and supported by justification for the candidate’s nomination, including a list of his/her most important publications and a complete biography. Self-nominations are not accepted.