VIKTOR AMBARTSUMIAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2010
Award Ceremony and other events
On September 17, at 19:00, in the Conference Hall of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences (NAS RA), the Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize 2010 was awarded by the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan to Prof. Michel Mayor (Switzerland) and his team members, Prof. Garik Israelian (Spain) and Prof. Nuno Santos (Portugal).
The Award Ceremony was a big event in the scientific life of Armenia. It was in fact a NAS RA extraordinary general meeting with invitation of many other guests. The President of Armenia and the Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, ministers, Ambassadors of foreign countries to Armenia, representatives of international organizations in Armenia, the President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences Prof. Denis Monard, Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize Steering Committee members, the President of NAS RA Prof. Radik Martirosyan, the IAU President Prof. Robert Williams, Prof. Yervant Terzian, Prof. Gennady Bisnovatyi-Kogan, Prof. Norayr Arakelyan, the Senior Editor of “Nature” Dr. Leslie Sage, the Director of the Geneva Observatory (Switzerland) Prof. Stephane Udry, the Director of Astrophysical Institute of Canary Islands (IAC, Spain) Prof. Francisco Sanchez, lecturers and students of the International School for Young Astronomers 2010 (ISYA-2010), directors and representatives of Armenian research institutes, rectors and representatives of universities and other educational establishments, students, school pupils and other guests were present. Altogether, some 430 people were present.
The Ceremony started with the Armenian national anthem followed by the speech of Prof. Radik Martirosyan who presented the principles of the Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize. Speeches were given by Prof. Williams, Prof. Monard, Prof. Terzian, and Dr. Sage. Then Mr. Serzh Sargsyan congratulated the winners and awarded the medals, certificates, and monetary award. At the end, Prof. Mayor presented a short talk on the investigations on extrasolar planets and results that were nominated for the Prize.
Several other events accompanied the Award Ceremony such as: