Special Lecture by Professor Jean-Pierre CHANGEUX and 2018 World Cultural Award Ceremony [fr]

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) will host the 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony on 8 November 2018. Professor Jean-Pierre CHANGEUX will give a special Lecture on this occasion on November 7th (Wednesday), and will receive the World Award of Science "Albert Einstein" on November 8th (Thursday).

The The World Cultural Council (WCC) is an international organization whose goals are to promote cultural values, goodwill and philanthropy among individuals. The organization founded in 1981 and based in Mexico, has held a yearly award ceremony since 1984 by granting the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education, and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts to outstanding scientists, educators, and artists, who have contributed positively to the cultural enrichment of mankind. The members of the Council include several Nobel laureates.
This year, the ceremony will award the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education, and the Albert Einstein World Award of Science.


  • The “José VasconcelosWorld Award of Education is granted to a renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or someone who has brought about visionary development in education policy. Through his/her work, the individual or team should have had a significantly positive influence on the quality and reach of teaching and learning in our society.
    • This year, the award acknowledges Professor Malik Mâaza’s work in promoting education for societal development and sustainability, and recognises his international and humanistic approach to science education as well as his commitment to training and mentoring young scientists on the African continent. To this end, Professor Mâaza has worked tirelessly to raise funds worldwide in support of researchers from less affluent countries. He has helped scientists from war zones in Africa and the Middle East pursue their research and has organised periodic exchanges between renowned scientists of Israeli and Arabic origin, seeking to build bridges through science.
      His special lecture is titled: "Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies: A multidisciplinary approach for a sustainable inclusive future for humanity".


  • The “Albert EinsteinWorld Award of Science was created as a means of recognition and encouragement for scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration research which has brought true benefit and wellbeing to mankind.
    • Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux has been recognised for his exceptional scientific achievements and leadership in the field of neuroscience, and especially for his pioneering contributions to the science and understanding of neuroreceptors over the past 50 years. One of his groundbreaking discoveries revealed that the acetylcholine receptor as a model membrane receptor was one of the most central regulatory mechanisms in biology, leading to original insights concerning the chemistry of the brain and ultimately the brain-mind relationship. The WCC jury acknowledged the significant impact that Professor Changeux’s research has had on healthcare and our understanding of human neural processes. His work on the mechanism of neural networks has narrowed the gap between molecular biology and cognitive sciences.
      His special lecture is titled: "The acetylcholine nicotine receptor: from chemistry to cognition".
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Professor Jean-Pierre CHANGEUX’s achievements
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publié le 25/10/2018

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