Science has transformed the world we live in. It has led to longer life expectancy and better quality of life for much of the global population. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown to the world the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Thanks to the Sciences and associated technologies, vaccines have been developed in record time. Schools have operated despite the lockdown. Youth has innovated to adapt to the pandemic. However, new challenges are arising every day, some of them with tragic consequences – climate change, biodiversity loss, the need for more inclusive growth, and the need to ensure peace and stability. For these questions, STEM has the answers. STEM is indeed an ally and an enabler in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those directly related to science: poverty reduction, infrastructure development, education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, and the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.
The UNESCO - Al Fozan International Prize for the promotion of young scientists in STEM was created to strengthen STEM research, STEM education and international cooperation. The Prize will give recognition to achievements of young people that are conducive to socio-economic transformation and development on a global scale while also increasing the interest of young people, particularly girls and women, in science so as to promote gender equality, scientific literacy and the choice of a scientific career.
Al Fozan Foundation
Abdullah bin Abdullatif Al Fozan is the chairman of Al Fozan Foundation and Al Fozan Holding, one of the fastest-growing family businesses in the region. Owing to his groundbreaking philanthropic initiatives in the educational, environmental and health sectors, Mr. Al Fozan is widely considered as an innovator in Saudi Arabia’s non-profit sector. As a reflection of his passion for humanitarian work, he serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Al Fozan Social Foundation, which embodies Al Fozan Holding Company’s deep-rooted commitment to giving back to the community in which it operates.
The Foundation regularly initiates and participates in impactful and sustainable charitable endeavors that aims to serve the society, economy and environment.
Mr. Al Fozan, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from King Saud University in Riyadh, is also Chairman/Managing Director of multiple successful companies operating in the fields of Real Estate, Healthcare, Technology and more like Retal, Ajdan, eXtra.
The Purpose of The UNESCO AL FOZAN International Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists in STEM
The Prize consists of a monetary reward of US $50,000 for each of the five winners, representing a total monetary prize value of $250,000. A diploma and a medal will be given to each of the recipients.
About the Prize
- The Prize is awarded every two years to five individual prize-winners from the five UNESCO geographical regions at each edition, on an initial basis for three biennia
- Prizes may be awarded to five individuals only who have promoted STEM advancement in education, research, or international cooperation for societal development
- Candidates must be less than 40 years old at the time of applying for the Prize and must be actively involved in STEM at the time of application to the Prize.
The Jury is composed of five independent eminent members being personalities with a recognized reputation in the field of STEM. Selection of Jury is based on the need for diverse representation of scientific fields, equitable geographical distribution and gender equality
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