Philosophy professor among finalists in global breakthrough research competition
Professor Michela Massimi is among the finalists in the category Social Sciences and Humanities for this year's Falling Walls global competition
Congratulations to Professor of Philosophy of Science Michela Massimi on being shortlisted for the title of Science Breakthrough of the Year by Falling Walls, an international hub for leading scientists in their fields.
Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year
The winners for the 10 breakthrough categories will be presented at the annual Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany on the 9th November 2021, which coincides with the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Michela is among 30 finalists who qualify for the title of Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in the Social Sciences and Humanities category.
The grand jury are looking for individual scientists and research groups of outstanding quality who:
- have made excellent, ground-breaking, recent achievements in their respective fields, nationally and internationally, and who stand out for their innovative strength;
- promise to have a significant long-term impact on the research landscape and to contribute towards solving global challenges, such as having a positive effect on nature and mankind, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals;
- translate scientific topics and their complexities in a way that makes them accessible and attractive to large sections of society.
Nominations will be considered and evaluated within the category, but their potential for interdisciplinary problem-solving will also be assessed.
Professor Massimi is President-Elect of the prestigious Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) and is also the recipient of the Royal Society 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal Lecture for her interdisciplinary interests in and communication of philosophy and science. In 2018 Michela was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 2019 was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Member of the Academia Europaea.
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