IMG_0040.JPGThe Prigogine Award was instituted 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 and, in the words of Enzo Tiezzi, “the greatest scientist of the 20th Century”. Prigogine was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures. The main theme of his scientific work was the rule of time in the physical sciences and biology. 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 Award and Medal are given annually to a leading scientist in the field of ecological systems or ecodynamics for the best paper presented at a relevant WIT Conference or submitted to the Design & Nature and Ecodynamics Journal.

The recipients of the Senior Researcher Awards in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 were Professor Sven Jorgensen of the Pharmaceutical University of Denmark, Professor Enzo Tiezzi of the University of Siena, Professor Bernard Patten of the University of Georgia, Professor Robert Ulanowicz of the University of Maryland and Professor Ionnis Antoniou of the University of Thessaloniki.

Details of the most recent awards are available on the web pages of ECOSUD 2007 ( and The Sustainable City 2008 (

The 2009 award will take place during the ECOSUD 2009 Conference to be held in Chianciano Terme, close to Siena, from the 8th to 10th July 2009.

Nominations for this award are encouraged and should be addressed to:

Professor C A Brebbia, Director
Applications for the Prigogine Award 2009
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