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The Pro Academia Prize 2017
was awarded to
Eduardo Posada Flórez
of Bogotá, Colombia,
for his leadership in science and academic life.

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Pro Academia Prize 2017 • The Recipients

Executive Board of the Pro Academia Prize
has decided to confer the
Pro Academia Prize 2017

Eduardo Posada Flórez
of Bogotá, Colombia,

as the hub of an academic network,
including the following group leaders
representing their respective groups:

Jorge Alonso Cano Restrepo
Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas

Carmen Helena Carvajal
Asociación Colombiana para el Avance de la Ciencia

Fernando Chaparro
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Enrique Forero
Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales

Nancy Gore Saravia
Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas

Gustavo Ernesto Holguin Villarraga
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Nohora Elizabeth Hoyos
Maloka Science Museum and Interactive Center

Rafael German Hurtado Heredia
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Jorge Panqueva
Corporación para la Investigación de la Corrosión

Andrés Salinas
TecLaser S.A.

María Piedad Villaveces Niño
Asociación Colombiana para el Avance de la Ciencia

The Prize was presented at a special ceremony in Bogotá
on 4 December 2017.

Excerpts from the Prize Assessment

Eduardo Posada Flórez is being awarded the Prize in recognition of his efforts in furthering interdisciplinary academic exchange and in bringing together scientists, scholars, researchers and politicians. He is an exemplary and outstanding central person and linchpin promoting academic collaboration and “cross-pollination” as well as scientific cooperation and integration of academic research, exchange, and presentation, not only among scientists and researchers, but also to the public.

Dr. Posada is a physicist specialized in low temperature physics. He studied physics at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland where he received a Doctor in Sciences degree (with honors) in 1972. He research areas were superconductivity and low temperature physics.

Dr. Posada is a clear example of one of those rare researchers who has gone beyond his own professional interests and succeeded in encouraging the development and application of science at a grander scale.

He clearly is and has been an outstanding teacher, as evidenced by the numerous theses in a wide range of topics he has supervised and, more importantly, by the fact that several of his students occupy now important positions in academia and industry.

Furthermore, Dr. Posada has succeeded in forming a network of researchers dedicated to promoting and assisting the development of science in their country. Together they have created or collaborated with a number of institutions that support science and research.

Dr. Posada was crucial for the creation of an academic, logistical, and political infrastructure in Colombia and beyond the borders of this country and helped to enact Colombia’s Science and Technology Act of 1990.

Another outstanding aspect of Dr. Posada and his network is the importance they place in bringing science to the general public and in creating spaces where scientists can meet with the private and industrial sectors, among them the Maloka Science Museum and Interactive Center.