ZEF to become an international location of the "Alternative Nobel Prize"

September 15, 2010.  

The Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn (ZEF) is going to be an official campus of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". This was agreed upon at a conference in Bonn on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the "Alternative Nobel Prize" taking place from September 14-19, 2010. Partners of this agreement are the University of Bonn, its Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Right Livelihood College (RLC) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). There are only three further RLC sites world wide; in Malaysia, Sweden and Ethiopia.


The "Alternative Nobel Prize" is awarded annually for outstanding commitment to peace, the environment, and human rights. To date, more than 130 people from 60 countries have been awarded.


As part of this global network, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn will focus on promoting the transfer of knowledge and expertise between experienced Alternative Nobel laureates and young scientists. By means of DAAD scholarships, German and foreign students as well as young scientists will be able to work in the local projects of the laureates and support these scientifically. The laureates will have the opportunity to be guest lecturers in Germany.


The envisaged activities of the RLC campus Bonn will be carried out in cooperation with other institutes of the University of Bonn, in particular of the Faculty of Arts, and the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.


The structure of the RLC campus Bonn strengthens the Bonn region as a major international center of science, as well as a location of political North-South dialogue.


Please download the German press release below.



Alma van der Veen