The International jury of Ohrid Academy of Humanism unanimously decided to give The World Prize for Humanism for 2018 to the great name of world science and literature - Jean-Patrick Connrade.
Jean-Patrick Connerade is emeritus professor of physics at Imperial College London, UK, and the president of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (EASAL). He is also an award winning poet in his own right, writing in French, under the pen name of Chaunes. He is also a former president of EuroScience
Since its establishment in 2007, the World Humanism Award has been awarded to the champions of international humanist vision, like Daisaku Ikeda (Japan), Manuel De Olveira (Portugal), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Russia), Ravi Shankar (India), Peter Brook (UK), Herta Müller (Germany), John Ralston Saul (Canada), Svetlin Rusev (Bulgaria), Vida Ognjenoviic (Serbia), Darko Gasparovic (Croatia).
The award ceremony of the World Prize for Humanism to Jiri Svoboda, will take place in Ohrid, on January 18 –“Vodici”, in the house of Urania, of MANU, starting at 19 o'clock. On the ceremony there
speeches by: Jordan Plevnes – President of The Ohrid Academy of Humanism, His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Macedonia, Charles Garrett, The mayor of Municipality of Ohrid, Jovan Stojanoski who will be presenting the award, and award winner Jean-Patrick Connerade.
LETTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY OF THE OHRID ACADEMY OF HUMANISM FOR JEAN-PATRICK CONNERADE
"1st of November 2017
Dear President Plevnes
I am deeply touched and honoured by the choice the jury has made of awarding me the World Prize of Humanism for the year 2018. It is indeed a great honour to receive it after so many distinguished artists and philosophers whose work I very much admire, and your kind words inspire me with the hope that I will indeed prove worthy of such a high recognition. I feel particularly touched because the prize has the aim of rewarding contributions coming from many different fields of human endeavour. I have attempted over many years to bring together literature and the investigative sciences in a common pursuit of beauty and to foster a fruitful dialogue between them – especially between poetry and all forms of scientific research. I feel this aspect of humanism is particularly important today. The cultural links between sciences and the arts are essential to our new century. Young people all over the world feel the need for restoring the unity of human thought and are strongly attracted towards all forms of expression which combine them in novel ways. If the sciences were not beautiful or if the arts ignored new knowledge, the world would be a poorer place. Humanity has always aspired towards ethical and philosophical values capable of bringing them together in the greatest possible harmony. This spirit is clearly reflected in the choices the Jury has made of past laureates of the World Prize of Humanism, and I feel truly honoured in being included amongst them. I accept this prize with deep gratitude and will be happy to come to Ohrid and address the Academy of Humanism which perpetuates the fine tradition of St Clement of Ohrid to this day.
With kind regards
Imperial College London and the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters"