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HFSP President Akito Arima and Secretary General Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker both receive award for fostering international cooperation with China

22 January 2010 Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) is pleased to announce that President Prof. Akito Arima and Secretary General Prof. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker are among the 7 recipients of the 2009 International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China. Their awards were presented at a ceremony in Beijing on January 11th in the presence of Chinese President Hu Jintao, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and many other high-ranking government members.

Profs. Arima and Winnacker were honoured for their long-standing contributions to international cooperation with China. Prof. Arima, an eminent physicist and former President of the University of Tokyo, has held high office in Japan as Minister of Education, Science and Culture and Minister of Science and Technology. He has contributed greatly to the cooperation between China and Japan in scientific and science policy matters. Prof. Winnacker is a prominent biologist who has served as President of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) and as the first Secretary General of the European Research Council. He has promoted a number of initiatives to enhance scientific cooperation between China and Germany, in particular the establishment of joint research institutions and measures aimed at nurturing excellent young scientists.

HFSPO congratulates Profs. Arima and Winnacker for receiving this award, which recognizes their commitment to promoting scientific excellence throughout the world.