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Prigogine Award 2014
The Prigogine Gold Medal 2014 Award Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 23rd September in Siena, Italy. This prestigious event is sponsored by the University of Siena on the occasion of the 9th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (The Sustainable City).
The Prigogine Medal was established in 2004 by the University of Siena and the Wessex Institute of Technology to honour the memory of Professor Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry.
2014 Recipient - Mae-Wan Ho
The recipient of the 2014 Award will be Professor Mae-Wan Ho, founding Director of The Institute of Science in Society, an organisation that provides information about biotechnological issues as well as sustainability, climate change and in particular the nature of water. Professor Ho received a PhD in Biochemistry from Hong Kong University. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow in Biochemical Genetics at the University of California, San Diego; Senior Research Fellow at Queen Elizabeth College, Lecturer in Genetics and Reader in Biology at the Open University, UK.
Professor Ho is the author of several books and Editor of the Journal Science in Society, produced by her Institute. She is a prolific author. Two of her books are prominent in explaining the role of biological water in organising living processes (see “The Rainbow and the Worm, The Physics of Organisms” and “Living Rainbow H20”). She has been extremely productive with nearly 200 scientific papers, over 600 popular articles and several more books.
Special Prigogine Lecture
Circular Thermodynamics of Organisms and Sustainable Systems
The concept of circular thermodynamics of organisms is presented based on dynamic closures in nested space-time domains that enable organisms to approach zero-entropy production simultaneously at equilibrium and far from equilibrium conditions. It confirms and extends Ilya Prigogine’s Principle of Minimum Entropy Production for living systems and has implications for sustainable cities and other built environments as well as ecosystems and economic systems.
To be delivered by Professor Mae-Wan Ho at the Aula Magna, University of Siena, Italy on the morning of Tuesday 23rd September, 2014
Professor Ilya Prigogine
Ilya Prigogine was born in Moscow in 1917, and obtained his undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry at the Free University in Brussels. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to nonequilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures. The main theme of his scientific work was the role of time in the physical sciences and biology. He contributed significantly to the understanding of irreversible processes, particularly in systems far from equilibrium. The results of his work have had profound consequences for understanding biological and ecological systems.
Prigogine’s ideas established the basis for ecological systems research. The Prigogine Medal to honour his memory is awarded annually to a leading scientist in the field of ecological systems. All recipients have been deeply influenced by the work of Prigogine.
Previous Medal Winners
For further information about the Prigogine Awards, please contact Professor Carlos Brebbia at the Wessex Institute of Technology:
Professor Carlos Brebbia
Wessex Institute of Technology
Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst
SO40 7AA, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 238 029 3223
Fax: +44 (0) 238 029 2853
|Prigogine Award 2014|
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|Previous Conference Report|
|Sustainable Development and Planning Journal|
|Design & Nature and Ecodynamics Journal|
|Wessex Institute of Technology, UK|
|University of Siena, Italy|
|WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment|
|International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning|
|International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics|
Irene Moreno Millan
Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst
Southampton, SO40 7AA
Tel: 44 (0) 238 029 3223
Fax: 44 (0) 238 029 2853
There will be space for organisations to display products, services and literature related to the theme of the conference. Further details are available from the Conference Secretariat above.
|Energy Quest 2014|
|Waste Management 2014|
|Environmental Impact 2014|
|Water Pollution 2014|
|Urban Water 2014|
|Urban Transport 2014|
|Risk Analysis 2014|
|Sustainable Irrigation 2014|
|Heat Transfer 2014|
|Air Pollution 2014|
|Sustainable Tourism 2014|
|Design and Nature 2014|
|Defence Heritage 2014|
|Sustainable City 2014|
|Energy and Sustainability 2014|