Climate expert Christian Azar, Professor of energy and environment at Chalmers, has been awarded the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education. On December 8, he receives the price in Mexico City.
The Award recognizes the valuable contributions and broad influence of his teaching and research work aimed at the "welfare of mankind and the health of the planet", concentrating on the link between energy and climate change.
The jury states, among other things, the importance of Christian Azar's advisory role to decision-makers nationally and internationally and his solid scientific work. But above all it emphasizes his capacity as a lecturer and speaker to explain complex situations in an understandable way for both experts and the public. The jury also point out how this has inspired students, industry leaders, policy makers and the general public in Europe and worldwide.
The José Vasconcelos World Award of Education is one of three awards presented by the international organization World Cultural Council, based in Mexico. The prize awarded every other year to a person who has stood out in the field of education, as a teacher or policy shaper, whose scope of influence has been outstanding, educating humanity towards a culture of global understanding, while encouraging respect for human being.
Most known to the public among previous winners of the education award is Sir David Attenborough, British filmmaker and author who received the award in 2004. 2010 Awards of World Cultural CouncilJosé Vasconcelos World Award of EducationWorld Cultural Council