Awarded every two years, the one million euro Millennium Technology Prize is one of the largest science and technology prizes in the world. It was awarded for the first time in 2004.The prize is awarded for disruptive technological innovations that help solve the great challenges of humankind and support sustainable growth. A winning innovation must have a track record of practical applications and must accelerate further research.
The winners are leading researchers in their fields, typically at an active phase in their career. Two winners of the Millennium Technology Prize were subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize: Shuji Nakamura, who received the Millennium Technology Prize back in 2006, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014, and Shinya Yamanaka, a stem cell researcher and the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize winner, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2012.
“Awarded now for the seventh time, the Millennium Technology Prize has proved to be a trailblazer in science awards: it has consistently been awarded for innovations that have a solid scientific basis, practical applications and good prospects for further development. The prize has given these innovations global visibility and the attention of the science community, and has thereby supported the development of new solutions to the great challenges of mankind” says Juha Ylä-Jääski, D.Sc. (Tech.), President and CEO of Technology Academy Finland.
Partners of Technology Academy Finland in relation to the Millennium Technology Prize include leading Finnish corporations as well as Governmental and academic actors. Aalto University, the leading university of technology in Finland, is a strategic partner of Technology Academy Finland. One of its roles is to propose new members for the International Selection Committee.
“The goals of the Millennium Technology Prize are very much the same as those of Aalto University. We are pleased to offer our best expertise for the evaluation of the scientific significance of the nominated innovations,” says Professor Tuula Teeri, President of Aalto University.
A Thorough Evaluation Process
Nominations for the Millennium Technology Prize are screened and evaluated by an International Selection Committee composed of leading researchers representing different scientific disciplines and geographic areas. A key criterion in the evaluation is that the innovation has proved beneficial to a large part of humankind and that it promotes sustainable growth.
After a thorough process of evaluation, the Committee makes its recommendation on the winner to the Board of Technology Academy Finland, which selects the winner.
The International Selection Committee has eight members, and is always chaired by a Finnish member. A minimum of two members change in every prize round. The maximum term of a member is four rounds, or eight years.
Composition of the International Selection Committee 2015–2016
Professor Jarl-Thure Eriksson, Finland, Chairman of the Committee
Professor Jaakko Astola, Finland
Dr. Craig R. Barrett, USA
Dr. Hans-Joachim Freund, Germany
Academician Riitta Hari, Finland
Professor Sir Peter Knight, UK
Research Professor Merja Penttilä, Finland
Dr. Ayao Tsuge, Japan
Dr. Juha Ylä-Jääski, Finland, Secretary of the Committee
Juha Ylä-Jääski, President and CEO, Technology Academy Finland, tel. +358 40 903 0606
Niina Suhonen, Head of Communications & Marketing, Technology Academy Finland,
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Nomination criteria and documents can be found online at www.millenniumprize.fi/cfn.
The nomination documents must be in English and be submitted to Technology Academy Finland by 31 July 2015 to www.millenniumprize.fi/cfn.
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Partners of the Millennium Technology Prize:
Aalto University, FIM, Neste Oil, Nokia, Kone, Outotec, SEB, Vaisala