European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea
Prize of Tolerance
A major project of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts concerns “Tolerance”. For the representatives of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts tolerance is “a virtue, by which man as an individual can live in freedom within the spirit of the law. Tolerance means behaving in a way that does not harm your neighbors or restrict their freedom.”
The aim is to set up a Tolerance institute that runs scientific symposiums, promotes and commissions research and holds public debates on tolerance.
Since 1997, the Academy has awarded a Prize of Tolerance. Each year individuals or institutes are recognized who are committed to tolerance, interdisciplinary and transnational dialog and anti-racism. Previous prizewinners include the former mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek †, social scientist and wife of the Egyptian president Susanne Mubarak, Cardinal Franz König †, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, represented by their president Dr. Astrid Heidberg, Dorothea Rosenblad the founder of the Children of Abraham Foundation, Djibrail Kassab Archbishop of Basra, Giandomenico Picco personal representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan United Nations year of Dialogue among civilizations, Hans Dietrich Genscher former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany, Flavio Cotti former President of the Swiss Confederation, Eugen Biser theologian and philosopher, the politician and scientist Klaus Töpfer, Cardinal Karl Lehmann and Daniel Barenboim.