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Wolf Prize Director-General: Science Education is a “Pillar of Humanity”

Dr. Liat Ben David, Director-General of the Wolf Foundation, visited the Tang Prize offices this Friday (April 29) to discuss international prizes and education. Coming herself from a background in science education, Ben David stressed the importance of laureates as role models and leaders for the next generation.

What Makes a Prize Endure is Integrity, says Chinese Historian

Historian Lin Yu-sheng, a specialist in the history of Chinese thought, made his first visit to the Tang Prize Foundation Wednesday (April 20), where he met with Tang Prize Foundation CEO Jenn-Chuan Chern to weigh in on the prize’s category in Sinology. That a prize in Sinology was founded in Taiwan is no coincidence, argued Lin, since Taiwan....
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“Keep it Going 100 Years”: Princeton Historian on Lasting Legacy of Tang Prize

“Remembering where one came from” is de rigueur in the study of history, but for Willard Peterson it is also a way adapt to a changing future. Peterson, Chinese Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University, visited the Tang Prize Foundation offices Thursday (April 21) to discuss the field of Sinology (Chinese: Hanxue). Peterson mourned that Classics studies like Sinology are increasingly ignored in modern society...

Tang Prize Laureate Brundtland: Signing of Climate Agreement Sets Actionable Goals

Today (April 22), leaders of the world’s nations are set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York. As many as 196 parties (195 countries and EU) are expected to bring the agreement into effect, which is an attempt to hold rising global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels.
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U.S. scholar sees Sinology's value in contemporary world

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) A U.S. scholar on Thursday touted the Tang Prize for shedding light on the importance of Sinology and suggested that many of the teachings of ancient Chinese philosophers are still applicable today.

Immunotherapy effective for wide range of tumors: Japanese scientist

San Diego, April 5 (CNA) Clinical trials have shown that immunotherapy is effective for a wide range of tumors and has few adverse effects in patients, prominent Japanese scientist Tasuku Honjo said during a speech in San Diego Tuesday.
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Young talent needed in Taiwan's biopharmaceutical sector: academician

San Diego, April 5 (CNA) More young talent is needed in Taiwan's biopharmaceutical sector, which has produced good research results recently but remains many steps away from clinical application, an Academia Sinica academician said Tuesday.

Tang Prize Laureate on the State of Cancer Immunotherapy

In its second year of ten in promoting education in biology, the Tang Prize Lecture series at Experimental Biology will take place on April 5, 2016, in San Diego. There the 2014 Tang Prize Laureate in Biopharmaceutical Science Tasuku Honjo will address an audience of 300-plus on cancer immunology and his work on the inhibitory receptor PD-1. Chien Shu, National Medal of Science awardee and director of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UC San Diego, will host the event...
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World leaders will sign Paris Agreement on Earth Day - April 22nd

A milestone in the history of sustainability, the momentous Paris Agreement was reached on Dec 12, 2015, at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21). Solidifying the agreement, In early March, UN sent the official invitation to all parties to participate in the signing ceremony, which will be hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon scheduled on April 22.



Tang Prize Lecture at Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego

The March 5, 2016 issue of New Scientist included some welcome news on cancer research. In an article “Closing in On Cancer,” Tasuku Honjo’s work on cancer immunotherapy through the PD-1 pathway has provided many sufferers with a safer mode of therapy. Indeed, former-President Jimmy Carter was recently given a clean bill of health thanks to the drug which works on the PD-1 receptor. In Carter’s case, it was a malignant brain tumor; but the drug has seen a good response from other cancer types as well.
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Prof. Lewis visited Tang prize Foundation and talked about Gro Brundtland Award.

PSA and Academia Sinica will jointly hold the 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23), scheduled from June 13 to 17, 2016, at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. The principal theme of the Congress is“Science, Technology and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific.”

2016 Tang Prize Schedule

2016 Tang Prize Schedule
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Women Figure Centrally in Sustainable Development

Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development, an annual event held by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), recently wrapped up its first year in Taipei on February 26. Over a total of six days, five women scientists from developing countries attended a series of forums which spanned the length of Taiwan—from Tainan and Hualien in the south and center to the northern city of Taipei.

Good Design Comes Full Circle:Tang Prize Design Book Wins Design Award

Following the first year of the Tang Prize, Taiwanese design company Proad Identity was awarded the German iF Design Award for 2015 for the image scroll commissioned by the Tang Prize for use at the first award ceremony. Now, another Tang Prize design has caught the eyes of design judges. Chasing the Pearl, a book chronicling the competing designs for the Tang Prize Medal and Diploma, has itself won the 2015 Golden Pin Design Award for Visual Design Communication.
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Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development Kicks off at NCKU

Gro Harlem Brundtland, the first female PM of Norway, has long dedicated herself to the promotion of women in government and science. With her winning of the Tang Prize in 2014 for her foundational work in sustainable development, the former PM was awarded 40 million NTD in prize money as well as a 10 million NTD grant, half of which she gave to National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) to support female scientists.

Words from Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

I congratulate the five women scientists we have chosen to be key players in the Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development. You have already proven a personal commitment to contribute to the essential knowledge base for moving the world forward towards a safer and more secure future. Women will have a key role to play in making it all happen, in every society and nation.
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Gro Brundtland Week is coming soon

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland has been a global leader in promoting sustainable development for the benefit of humanity for more than 30 years. She was awarded the 2014 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development for her innovation, leadership and implementation of sustainable development that laid out the scientific and technical challenges for the global community to achieve a better balance of economic development, environmental integrity, and social equality for the benefit of all humanity.

Taiwanese multibillionaire gives Scripps Research $12.8M

Samuel Yin, a Taiwanese multibillionaire, has donated $12.8 million to the financially strapped Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla to help build a major laboratory complex.
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Norway’s Iron Lady Gro Harlem Brundtland honoured with Zayed Future Energy Prize

Looking back to the macho world of politics in the 1980s, it is worth recalling that there was, in fact, more than one Iron Lady.

And in Gro Harlem Brundtland, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher met a formidable political opponent who could match her for steely determination and feminine wiles.

The former Norwegian prime minister and director of the World Health Organisation..

Education and Sustainability Essential to Change, says UW Continuing Education Dean

Sustainable development was on the discussion board today at the Tang Prize Foundation when Foundation CEO Jenn-Chuan Chern met with Jeffrey Russell, Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Russell visited the Foundation offices Monday, January 4, to discuss the Tang Prize, sustainable development, and education.
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Brundtland Praises Tang Prize Presence at COP21

Dubbed the “Godmother of Sustainable Development,” recipient of the inaugural Tang Prize in that field, Gro Harlem Brundtland was in Paris this December 6-7 to observe the progress of negotiations at COP21, the 21st instance of the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties. Notwithstanding her busy schedule, Brundtland visited with Tang Prize CEO Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern and the Tang Prize team at its stand at the civil society area on Monday, December 7...

Sustainability Central to Tang Prize and COP21

COP21 has been called by many the most crucial event for sustainability in recent years due to the potential of a 2-plus-degree rise in global temperatures. Aside from the official discussions on this serious matter taking place at the Le Bourget Exhibition Centre, civil society members were also given a voice at the COP21 civil society area, or the “Climate Generations Area,” located in the west wing of the exhibition complex.
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Award-winner praises Tang Prize for focus on sustainability

Paris, Dec. 7 (CNA) The first winner of the Tang Prize for sustainable development, Gro Harlem Brundtland, praised the prize's organizer for raising awareness of sustainability while visiting its exhibit at the United Nations' 2015 climate conference in Paris on Monday.
The former prime minister of Norway, dubbed the "godmother of sustainable development," credited the awards, established in 2012 by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin...

New Backpacks for Milgis Trust Scouts

Looking to raise awareness of ecological protection, inaugural Tang Prize laureate in the Sustainable Development field Gro Harlem Brundtland donated her US$0.33 million grant to the Milgis Trust of northern Kenya, where the organization fights for the wildlife of the area, spotting poachers, protecting water resources, and preserving the local cultures such as the Samburu.
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Tang Prize Joins Global Call for Action at COP21

The UNFCCC will hold the 21st instance of its Conference of Parties (commonly known as "the climate conference") this year in Paris from November 30 through December 11, where the much-anticipated objective is a legally binding agreement among the world’s leaders. Already, we are seeing many nations offering their support on issues like renewables, emissions reduction, fossil fuel subsidies, and, most pertinent—climate change. The agreements reached in Paris...

An Interview with Gro Harlem-Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway

What would be your advice for students who are passionate about public health, women’s rights and other issues and who want to engage in policy-making and are thinking about a career in politics?

It is that you go somewhere where you think you can make a difference and where you can work with others to make things happen, to inspire others...
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Sachs Sees Principle of Ubuntu as Focus of Sustainability and Poverty

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) held its annual meeting this November 18, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. The meeting, which opened with speeches from academy presidents Bai Chunli and the Federal President of Austria Heinz Fischer, was attended by over 300 academicians representing 60 countries. Albie Sachs, the inaugural Tang Prize Laureate in Rule of Law, was invited by the academy to deliver the keynote speech on sustainable development and poverty.

Taitung high school wins Tang Prize competition

TAIPEI-The Tang Prize Foundation announced the winner of its creation competition for high school students, with Taitung's KungTung Technical Senior High School (公東高工) garnering the top award for its innovative invention that conveys the spirit of sustainable development.
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Tang Prize--On the Road to Paris

Since COP21 Paris is just around the corner, the Tang Prize will be releasing a special edition of the Tang Prize Newsletter focusing on sustainable development and COP21 on November 16. Subscribers to the newsletter will have a chance to win a souvenir from Kyoto University.

Albie Sachs Calls for Equitable Sustainability at TWAS

Inaugural Tang Prize laureate in Rule of Law and former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Albie Sachs is set to speak at The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) annual meeting this week, November 18, 2015. His talk will reflect the central theme of the academy’s 26th General Meeting, sustainability in fields such as agriculture and food, science and technology, and poverty reduction.
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Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) Hopeful for Tang Prize

On October 30 the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) Vladimir Kvardakov visited the Tang Prize Foundation along with the head of the Department of Projects in Physics Aleksandr Akhmanov and the head of the Goal-Oriented Research Department Elena Rudtskaya. They were met by Tang Prize Foundation CEO Jenn-Chuan Chern, who introduced them to the Tang Prize....

Tang Prize CEO at SSMS Symposium Calls for Disaster Resilience

Tang Prize CEO Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern, also current president of the Society for Social Management Systems (SSMS), recently participated in the 10th annual SSMS symposium on the theme "Resilient Region, Resilient City." The meeting ran from Oct. 26-27 in Bantung, Indonesia, and saw over 150 participants from 10 countries. The mission of SSMS is "to make a practical contribution to the improvement of social systems" ....
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ANU Centre for China in the World Talks Sinology and Sustainability

Newly-appointed Director of the ANU Centre on China in the World (CIW) Dr. Benjamin Penny visited the Tang Prize Foundation this October 6 to talk sustainable development and sinology.

Nearly a year previous, on October 16, 2014, Penny and company visited the Foundation offices to speak on the core values of the CIW, with special attention...

Tang Prize Gains Awareness in Germany, World

The October 8 edition of the German newsweekly Die Zeit recently published an infographic comparing the academic prizes of the world. The Hamburg-based publication has a readership near 2 million, and is one of the top news publications in Germany, the other being Der Spiegel. The international award infographic (linked below) is color and size-coded for the fields and amount awarded. The Tang Prize, shown center-left, is described as "a biennial prize based out of Taiwan that is given in four categories: Sinology...
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