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A new initiative established by Theophano Foundation and in the context of the annual Pan-European Empress Theophano Prize, the Theophano Round Table will be held for the first time on Thursday the 14th of October, under the title “Securing Future Wellbeing Through Science” in Emilios Riadis Hall at Thessaloniki Concert Hall (M2), at 17:00–19:00.
The establishment of this new institution begins this year with great dynamism with the participation of the two prize winners, Dr. Uğur Şahin and Dr. Özlem Türeci, the scientist couple who developed the first vaccine against the coronavirus, who will come into dialogue with leading personalities from across Europe, members of the Foundation’s Advisory Committee. Among them are Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland and Professor of Children, Religion and Law at the University of Glasgow, Maria Luisa Poncela, Former Secretary of State for Trade and Secretary General for Science and Innovation of Spain, Georges Prevelakis, Professor Emeritus, Paris-Sorbonne University and Chiara Saraceno, Honorary Fellow, Collegio Alberto, University of Turin.
The Theophano Round Table is a discussion panel on key topics of concern for humanity in the decades to come, related to and inspired by each year’s prize. As this year’s Prize is focused on Science, the discussion aims to explore this theme, in order to contribute to stimulating the role of science for the benefit of mankind. The issue will be approached from different perspectives: science for the Common Good, science and innovation in Europe, science and competitiveness, science and education, and science and healthy living. Professor Stefan Schepers, a member of the Governing Council of Theophano Foundation, will coordinate the discussion.
Recognising the importance of dialogue on issues critical to the future of humanity and to prosperity, the event will be welcomed by Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission for Promoting the European Way of Life.
European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life
Professor | Member of the Governing Council of Theophano Foundation (Belgium)
Dr Uğur Şahin & Dr Özlem Türeci
Prize winners, BioNTech (Germany)
former President of Ireland | Professor of Children, Religion and Law, University Glasgow (Ireland)
Maria Luisa Poncela
former Secretary of State for Trade and Secretary General for Science and Innovation (Spain)
Professor Emeritus, Paris-Sorbonne University (France)
Honorary Fellow, Collegio Alberto, University of Turin (Italy)
Empress Theophano, who inspired this prize, is a historic figure of Europe who played a significant role in its development during the 10th century.
The niece of Emperor John I Tzimiskes, she married Otto II and was crowned Holy Roman Empress as his wife. Following his death, she maintained the title of Empress. Her historic presence in Western Europe, dedicated to improving relations between East and West, offered a positive contribution to the cultural renaissance of western European territories, introducing to the west the central role women had in Byzantine society and transferring significant influence from the flourishing Byzantine empire in the fields of education, the arts, commerce, and health, while working to advance civil governance, promoting it over the military.
Empress Theophano is buried at the Cathedral of St Pantaleon in Cologne, Germany.
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