Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – The public nomination period for the 2020 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics is has opened. The Breakthrough Prize has been dubbed “The Oscars of Science.”
For the eighth year, the Breakthrough Prize, recognized as the world’s largest science prize, will honor top scientists. It will confer up to four prizes in Life Sciences; one in Fundamental Physics and one in Mathematics.
Each prize comes with a $3 million award. In addition, up to six New Horizons Prizes, each for $100,000, will be presented to promising early career researchers in the fields of Physics and Mathematics.
Prizes will be awarded in the fall of 2019, during a live, globally televised gala awards ceremony in Silicon Valley. Nominations can be submitted online today through April 1, 2019. While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may nominate another person. The nomination form and rules are available at breakthroughprize.org.
The Breakthrough Prize hosts a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the laureates’ achievements and to foster broad popular support for scientific endeavors and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the schedule, the prizewinners also engage in a program of lectures and discussions at a daylong symposium the day after the ceremony.
For the third year, the Breakthrough Prize will partner with two prestigious institutions — the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) and ResearchGate — to directly engage with researchers and the science community.
Selection Committees consist of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates, who choose the winners from the list of candidates generated during the nomination period.
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