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Aims and Objectives of the Descartes Prizes

The Descartes Prizes are among the activities supported under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, within the Research Directorate Science and Society.

Communication prize

  • The 2004 Descartes prize for research: rewarding scientific excellence

Five years of rewarding scientific excellence in transnational co-operation at European level

This year, the Descartes Prize for outstanding research through transnational co-operation celebrated its fifth anniversary. Against this background, on July 12th, the European Commission staged an evening event in Brussels, with former winners, the Grand Jury and other members of the Descartes community. The aim was to look at the story of the winning teams since receiving their awards, and also to announce the finalists.

Brochure: "Celebrating 5 years of collaborative transnational research

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A showcase of scientific excellence in the fields of life sciences, engineering, information technologies, chemistry and physics

The 2004 finalists comprise eight research teams, made up of researchers from 20 countries across the EU, plus Bulgaria, Switzerland and non-European countries such as the US. The short-listed projects include the fields of:

  • Life sciences: combating and curing cancer, and predicting its progress and effects.

  • Chemistry and nanoscience

  • Engineering

  • Information sciences: "safer internet" for users

  • Physics

The Descartes Prize for Research - Finalists 2004

The Descartes Award Ceremony

The 2004 Descartes award ceremony took place on 1and 2 December in the prestigious surroundings of the Prague Castle (CZ). The ceremony provided an outside view of European research and looked at comparing research priorities in Europe and key countries in North and Latin America, and Asia.

The Descartes Prize for Research - Laureates 2004

Speech of Commissioner Janez Potocnik at the Prague ceremony, 1-2 December 2004 ( 81 kB)

Photos of the Prague ceremony, 1-2 December 2004


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