The 2016 Prigogine Gold Medal was awarded to Professor Brian Fath, Towson University, USA.

The Prigogine Gold Medal 2016 Award Ceremony took place on Wednesday 13th July 2016 in Alicante.  This prestigious event is sponsored by the University of Alicante, on the occasion of the 11th 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.


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 non-equilibrium 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 Prigogine Laureates were:

2004   Sven Jorgensen, Denmark                        

2005   Enzo Tiezzi, Italy                                     

2006   Bernard Patten, USA                                 

2007   Robert Ulanowicz, USA                             

2008   Ioannis Antoniou, Greece                          

2009   Emilio del Giudice, Italy                            

2010   Felix Müller, Germany

2011   Larissa Brizhik, Ukraine

2012   Gerald Pollack, USA

2013   Vladimir Voeikov, Russia

2014   Mae-wan Ho, UK

2015   Bai-Lian Larry Li, USA

Prigogine 2016 Brian FathBRIAN FATH

Brian D. Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria).  His research is in the area of systems ecology and network analysis applied to the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems.  His interests range from network analysis to ecosystem theory to urban metabolism to systems thinking and environmental philosophy. Dr. Fath has taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in many different locations around the world. He holds visiting faculty appointments at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and at the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences both in Beijing, China.  He was also Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy.

He has published numerous research papers, reports, and book chapters. He co-authored three books: He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; President of the North American Chapter of International Society for Ecological Modelling and, among other appointments, he is a member and past Chair of Baltimore County Commission in Environmental Quality.

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