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The Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize is awarded by the Barcelona City Council in collaboration with the Academia EuropaeaBarcelona Knowledge Hub. Part of the Barcelona Science Plan, which seeks to boost the city of Barcelona as a European capital of science, the prize, in the amount of 30,000 euros, recognises an outstanding researcher who has conducted her/his career primarily in Europe and at the highest international level, with a strong influence on various fields of knowledge and a positive impact on society.

Candidates for the Hypatia Prize must be nominated by a Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE) (Nominator 1), from any Section, and must have the support of an additional MAE(Nominator 2), also from any Section. Nominator 1 can propose only one candidate. The two nominating MAEs must be from different countries. Although nominators must be MAEs, the candidate does NOT have to be a MAE, nor a native of a European country, but she/he must have developed her/his career mostly in Europe.

The Hypatia Prize follows a three-year cycle and rotates each year among three major areas of knowledge: a) Science and Technology, b) Life and Health Sciences, c) Humanities and Social sciences, as reflected in the current sections of the AE and in the different areas of the European Research Council (ERC):

· The winner of the first edition of the prize (2018), devoted to Science and Technology, was Prof. László Lovász, mathematician and President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, for his outstanding career in the field of mathematics and for his contribution to social progress.

· The winner of the second edition of the prize (2019-2020), focused on Life and Health Sciences, was Italian virologist Dr. Ilaria Capua, chosen for her research career conducted at the highest international level, for her leadership in the promotion of open access to genetic information on emerging viruses, and for the social impact that she has made through her contributions to the multidisciplinary concept of “one health,” encompassing human, animal and environmental health.

· The winner of the third edition of the prize (2021), focused on Humanities and Social Sciences, has been American philosopher Dr. Nancy Cartwright, Director of the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) of the Durham University (UK), chosen for her contributions to philosophical research, which have resulted in a new understanding of the nature of scientific theories and of causation.

The fourth edition (2023) will recognise an outstanding researcher in the field of Science and Technology. The Nomination Call will be opened soon.

 Prize winners are selected by an International Jury consisting of five members: two designated by Academia Europaea, two by the Barcelona City Council, and one, who serves as president of the Jury, appointed jointly by Academia Europaea and by the Barcelona City Council.