11 February 2011 - The quality of an innovation contest can be gauged by
the suitability and notability of its adjudicators. The make-up of the
seven-member jury judging the European Inventor Award 2011 marks it out as one
of Europe's most significant prizes in the
research and development field. An international, interdisciplinary blend of
industrialists, scientists and politicians, it will be assessing inventions for
commercial impact, degree of innovation and benefit to society. The awards are
to be presented in Budapest
on 19 May at a ceremony jointly organised by the European Patent Office (EPO) and
the European Commission.
- Professor Jerzy Buzek (PL), President
of the European Parliament: A former prime minister of Poland, he is a professor of technical science,
a member of the Polish
Academy of Sciences and
the holder of numerous patents.
- Professor Wolfgang Heckl (DE), Director
of Munich's Deutsches Museum:
A professor of experimental physics and an internationally respected
researcher, he heads the world's largest science and technology museum and is
currently overseeing its highly successful modernisation.
- Dr Bowman Heiden (SE), deputy
director of the Center for Intellectual Property Studies at Gothenburg University
and innovation director of the Qatar
Science & Technology Park: An engineering graduate, he is one of the leading experts on
intellectual property and patents.
- Emma Marcegaglia (IT), industrialist
and head of Confindustria: An
economic scientist, she has turned Marcegaglia from a family enterprise into a
diversified global steel concern. She is the first woman to head the powerful Italian
employers' federation Confindustria, a post she has held since 2008.
Ernö Rubik (HU): A professor of applied arts and design, he rose
to world fame with his patented Rubik's Cube. He is arguably the best known
representative of a long tradition of Hungarian inventors and innovators.
Professor Margarita Salas Falgueras
(ES), professor on the Spanish
National Research Council (CSIC): Internationally respected author of
over 200 scientific papers, she has been a key figure in developments in
biochemistry and molecular genetics.
- Thierry Sueur (FR), Vice-President
Intellectual Property/European and International Affairs at Air Liquide. A chemist
and patent attorney, he is an internationally renowned patent specialist. Since
1997 he has chaired the Intellectual Property Committee of the French Industry
Federation MEDEF, and he also chairs the Patents Working Group of
BusinessEurope, the Confederation of European Business.
"The high-calibre jury members
that we have attracted is proof of the European Inventor Award's standing. With
their comprehensive knowledge of scientific, political and industrial issues, they
are sure to take a well-founded decision on the finalists and the winners",
said EPO President Benoît Battistelli when the panel's composition was announced.
In 2011, the European Inventor Awards are being
presented in five categories: industry, small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs), research, non-European inventors and lifetime achievement. The prize-giving
ceremony is to be held in Budapest
on 19 May.
Further information on the European Inventor Award is available on the
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