Call for nominations: Fernando Gil International Prize 2013

The creation of the Fernando Gil International Prize for the Philosophy of Science was announced by the Portuguese government at the time of his death, to honor his memory and work (1937-2006). The Prize was launched as a joint initiative of the Portuguese government, represented by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG).

The Fernando Gil International Prize, initially awarded annually (2010 and 2011), will now be awarded every two years, in Lisbon. The 2011 prize was awarded to Niccolò Guicciardini, Professor of History of Science at the University of Bergamo.

The Prize intends to award a work of particular excellence in the domain of the Philosophy of Science, whether regarding general epistemological problems or particular scientific areas. Science is here intended in a broad sense to include mathematics, computer science, medicine, economics and the social sciences, as well as the natural sciences such as physics, chemistry and biology.

Only original and recent works of a single author, from any nationality or professional affiliation, published during the five previous years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) will be taken into consideration.

The recipient of the Prize is requested to deliver an original public lecture that will be published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and to conduct a program of specialized seminars for students and researchers in Lisbon on the occasion of the Prize ceremony.

The amount to be paid to the laureate will be 75.000,00 € (Seventy-Five Thousand Euros).

Nominations to the Fernando Gil International Prize 2013 should be sent to

The closing date for the receipt of nominations is 15 January 2013. Nominations from the nominees themselves cannot be accepted.

Nominations should include the following elements:

– The complete publication data regarding the nominated work;
– A critical review of the work giving reasons why it can be considered as worthy of the prize (500 words);
– A brief comment of the author biography (500 words);
– e-mail address of the nominated author.

The authors will be contacted by FCT to provide a paper copy and a pdf of the nominated work, in order to be evaluated by the Jury.

The required elements above are condition of acceptance of nominations.

The nominated works will be evaluated by the Jury during the course of 2013. The prize will be awarded in March 2014.

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