Pro Academia Prize 2017.
Luis Martí-Bonmatí

Pro Academia Prize 2017

The Exe­cu­tive Board of the Pro Aca­de­mia Prize has de­cid­ed to con­fer the Pro Aca­de­mia Prize 2017 on 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, Carmen Helena Carvajal, Fernando Chaparro, Enrique Forero, Nancy Gore Saravia, Gustavo Ernesto Holguin Villarraga, Nohora Elizabeth Hoyos, Rafael German Hurtado Heredia, Jorge Panqueva, Andrés Salinas, and María Piedad Villaveces Niño.

Excerpts from the Prize Assessment

The Owl

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.

Pictures of the Ceremony

The Pro Academia Prize 2017 was presented to Eduardo Posada Flórez of Bogotá, Colombia, and to the group leaders of the academic network "In Recognition of their Efforts, Contributions, and Achievements in Science and Academic Life" at a special ceremony at the Jockey Club in Bogotá on 4 December 2017.

Right click on the pictures to enlarge them or to download them in a high-resolution version. © TRTF 2017.

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 The Prize recipients present in Bogotá and the representatives of TRTF. 
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 Peter A. Rinck delivering the Prize Presentation Speech. 
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 Eduardo Posadaand Patricia de Francisco of the Executive Board. 
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 Eduardo Posada receiving the Prize from Peter A. Rinck. 
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 Eduardo Posada thanking for the Prize in his Acceptance Speech. 
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 Jorge Alonso Cano Restrepo, Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas. 
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 Carmen Helena Carvajal, Asociación Colombiana para el Avance de la Ciencia. 
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 Fernando Chaparro, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 
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 Enrique Forero, Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales. 
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 Jorge Alonso Cano Restrepo receiving the Prize on behalf of Nancy Gore Saravia. 
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 Gustavo Ernesto Holguin Villarraga, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 
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 Nohora Elizabeth Hoyos, Maloka Science Museum and Interactive Center. 
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 Rafael German Hurtado Heredia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 
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 Jorge Panqueva, Corporación para la Investigación de la Corrosión. 
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 Andrés Salinas, TecLaser S.A.. 
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 María Piedad Villaveces Niño, Asociación Colombiana para el Avance de la Ciencia. 
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 Eduardo Posada holding the Prize: A crystal owl, symbolizing Athena. 
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 Eduardo Posada, his wife, son and daughter-in-law talking to Rafael Germán Hurtado. 
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 These olive trees were grown close to the 450-year old town of Villa de Leyva. 
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 Jorge Hernando Panqueva and Gustavo Ernesto Holguín and their olive trees. 
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 The Prize Owl. 

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