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VinFuture Foundation Announces 2022 VinFuture Webinar Series for Nominators

HANOI, VIETNAM

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HANOI, VIETNAM – Media Outreach – March 24, 2022 – As part of the animation sequence of the second season of the VinFuture Prize, VinFuture Foundation officially launched a series of six webinars in six different time zones around the world. This series of events aims to provide information directly to scientists around the world and attract the most outstanding submissions to promote post-COVID-19 reconstruction and sustainable development.

The webinar series will take place via Zoom from March 23 to April 19, 2022 and will be tailored to distinct geographic regions and time zones including: US East and West Coasts, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. The webinars will be moderated by members of the VinFuture Award Council and Screening Committee and will feature the award winners from the first season.

The second season of the VinFuture Prize, themed “Reshape and Revive”, focuses on inventions and scientific initiatives that accelerate the reconstruction and sustainable development of the world following the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its official launch on February 16, 2022, the second season has received immense support from the global scientific community, with over 1,000 organizations and individuals from 81 countries participating as nominators for the award. To date, the scientific community in Asia has provided the largest number of nominators with 34% of the total share, followed closely by the Americas with 33%, Europe with 22%, Australia with 6% and Africa with 5%.

The webinar series aims to provide the latest information directly to scientists around the world and to promote diversity and breadth in all potential fields. Through this series, VinFuture will respond to inquiries and concerns about the nomination process and share practical and inspiring insights from members of the Nominations Committee, Award Board, and in particular the Season One winners.

The VinFuture Prize is an annual international award recognizing breakthrough scientific and technological inventions that have created, or have the potential to create, significant change in people’s lives. Although it is a new award, with a mission to serve humanity and a selection process of high integrity and transparency, VinFuture has already built a solid reputation in the global scientific community.

In the first season, VinFuture received nearly 1,200 nominations from six continents around the world just four months after the official launch of the nomination portal. VinFuture nominators include institutes of higher education such as Harvard University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of Tokyo, and prestigious organizations such as the National Institutes of Health from the United States, the Max Planck Society from Germany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and more.

The winners of the first season of the VinFuture Prize are truly outstanding scientists who have been honored around the world for their scientific achievements for humanity. The Grand Prize, worth US$3 million, was awarded to three eminent scientists: Dr Katalin Karikó, Prof Drew Weissman (USA) and Prof Pieter Cullis (Canada) for the development of mRNA technology, paving the way for the production of effective vaccines to help prevent outbreaks of COVID-19, as well as potential vaccines against HIV, cancer, autoimmune and genetic diseases, helping to protect the future health of millions of people around the world.

2022 Nomination Portal: https://online.vinfutureprize.org/nomination

For more details on the Prize:

* Agenda for the webinar series:

Dated

Time zone

Time

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

EDT

(Eastern Daylight Time)

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (New York)

(9:30 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro, 9:30 a.m. on March 24 in Tokyo)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Los Angeles)

(11:00 a.m. on March 31 in Beijing, 2:00 p.m. on March 31 in Sydney)

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in London

(8:00 a.m. in Toronto, 3:00 p.m. in Riyadh)

Friday, April 8, 2022

SAST (South Africa Standard Time)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Johannesburg

(11:00 a.m. in Berlin, 5:00 p.m. in Hong Kong)

Thursday, April 14, 2022

AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Sydney

(9:30 a.m. in New Delhi, 1:00 p.m. in Seoul)

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

TIC (Indochina time)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hanoi (9:00 p.m. on April 18 in Seattle)

About the VinFuture Foundation

The VinFuture Foundation, created on December 20, 2020, on the occasion of the International Human Solidarity Day, is an independent non-profit foundation created by billionaire Mr. Phạm Nhật Vượng and his wife, Mrs. Phạm Thu Hương.

The Foundation’s vision and mission is to create positive change in the lives of millions of people around the world.

The main activity of the Foundation is to award the VinFuture Awards each year to cutting-edge scientific research and technological innovations that have already contributed or have the potential to contribute to the improvement of people’s lives.

The VinFuture Prize consists of four prize categories, of which the grand prize – worth US$3 million – is one of the largest annual world prizes, and three additional special prizes, worth US$500 000 US dollars each, are dedicated to Innovator(s), Innovator(s) from developing countries and Innovator(s) with outstanding achievements in emerging fields.

Additionally, the Foundation also conducts many activities to achieve its mission, such as funding research, collaborating in academic development, and promoting STEM education.

Winners of the VinFuture Award 2021

The grand prize: Dr. Katalin Karikó, Professor Drew Weissman (USA) and Professor Pieter Cullis (Canada) with their groundbreaking research in mRNA technology for vaccines.

Special Award ‘Innovators with Outstanding Achievement in Emerging Fields’: Prof. Omar Yaghi (USA) with his work on the discovery of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)’

Special “Female Innovators” Award: Professor Zhenan Bao (USA) with her work on the development of flexible electronics with the sensing properties of human skin.

Special Prize “Innovators from developing countries”: Prof. Salim S. Abdool Karim and Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim (South Africa), for their research on antibiotic pre-exposure prophylaxis.

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