Announcement of 2006 GEP winners

The International Prize Award Committee on the Global Energy Prize has adopted a decision to award the Global Energy Prize 2006 to the following scientists:

Academician Evgeny Velikhov (Russia)

Doctor Masaji Yoshikava (Japan)

Doctor Robert Aymar (France)

«…for the development of scientific and engineering foundation for building the International Thermonuclear Reactor (ITER project)»

The 2006 award amounts to $1,100,000. The award is to be divided by equal parts among the winners.

In 2006, 628 specialists from various countries worldwide were entitled to nominate candidates for the Global Energy Prize, 402 from other countries and 226 from Russia. (In 2005, 372 international and 152 Russian, respectively). Compared to 2005, the number of scientists which became entitled to nominate candidates for the award increased by nearly 20%.

In 2006, scientists from Russia, Japan, the USA, Spain, Australia, Britain, Island, Israel and Switzerland were nominated for the Global Energy Prize.
In 2006, 119 works were nominated for the Award. They were reviewed by the Expert Commission which includes 11 respectable Russian scientists. Major selection criteria were high scientific level of the submitted work and its practical importance for the power industry.

At its final meeting on April 18, the International Prize Award Committee for the Global Energy Prize reviewed 5 works submitted by the Expert Commission which were assessed by the following criteria: scientific value, practical relevance, originality and importance for the global power industry.

The Global Energy International Prize Laureates were announced at a special press conference at the RIA Novosti premises in Moscow on April 19.


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