The World Cultural Council (WCC) and the University of Tsukuba are highly honoured to invite you to the 36th WCC Award Ceremony in conjunction with the "Tsukuba Conference" in Tsukuba Science City, Japan. On this occasion the 2019 "Albert Einstein" World Award of Science and the "Leonardo da Vinci" World Award of Arts will be presented. WCC Special Recognitions will be bestowed on several distinguished Japanese scholars.

About The University of Tsukuba

With over 140 years of history including three Nobel prizes and over 100 Olympic medals, the University of Tsukuba has a long and distinguished tradition of excellence. Located less than an hour from central Tokyo, at the heart of Tsukuba Science City—Japan’s premier science and technology research hub—the university offers a pleasant and green environment for faculty, staff and students to engage in cutting-edge academic research and training.

In 1973, the university was relocated from Tokyo to Tsukuba, and re-established with the aim of being a global institution open to all—both within and outside Japan. We aim to develop integrative approaches to research and education, which allow our graduates to be active in solving future challenges. Our slogan IMAGINE THE FUTURE encapsulates our hope for a better future, based on “shikon risai” (師魂理才) or the concept of human kindness, which helps bring people together, allowing them to solve problems rationally for mutual benefit.

The University of Tsukuba is consistently ranked in Japan's top 10 universities. The QS World University Rankings place us the 13th Best University younger than 50 years old. The University of Tsukuba has about 17,000 students, including 2,300 international students, and about 1,800 academics in 10 faculties (Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Sciences, Pure and Applied Sciences, Engineering, Information and Systems, Life and Environmental Sciences, Human Sciences, Health and Sport Sciences, Art and Design, Medicine, Library, Information and Media Science) as well as 18 research centers.

The university has made it its goal to develop an organization better suiting the functions and administration with a new concept of education and research highly international in character, rich in diversity and flexibility and capable of dealing sensitively with the changes occurring in contemporary society.


The World Cultural Council is an international organization based in Mexico. Founded in the early eighties, it seeks to promote culture, goodwill and philanthropy among individuals.

Since 1984 the WCC has held a yearly Award Ceremony granting prizes to outstanding scientists, educators and artists whose breakthroughs in the fields of knowledge, learning and research have contributed positively to the cultural enrichment of mankind.
Each ceremony is held in a different country with a renowned university or academic institute acting as host. The WCC and Tsukuba University are enthusiastic about this new partnership, which provides the opportunity to disseminate our many shared values, especially that of contributing to the progress of science and culture.

It will be a very special occasion for the WCC to hold its Award Ceremony within the frame of the Tsukuba Conference. Bringing together global leaders in the field of science, technology and innovation, the conference will engender opportunities for these to express their visions of the future and to meet potential partners for solving a diverse range of social issues.



The annual "Albert Einstein" World Award of Science was created as a recognition for scientists who have accomplished scientific and/or technological achievements which have brought progress and benefit to mankind. The laureate is selected by the Council’s Interdisciplinary Committee, composed of highly acknowledged scientists from across the globe.


The "Leonardo da Vinci" World Award of Arts was instituted as a means of acknowledging an outstanding figure or innovator in any discipline or expression of art, whose work constitutes a significant contribution to the artistic legacy of the world. The distinction of this award is substantiated by the world-renowned authorities from a variety of fields comprising the multidisciplinary jury. The Award is given in alternate years.

Special Recognitions

Every year, the World Cultural Council grants special acknowledgements to five to ten young researchers or scholars of the host country who have achieved outstanding performance in the fields of science, education or arts. We consider it important to recognise, encourage and give visibility to these young scholars whose current work is breaking ground.
For the 2019 Ceremony, these scholars should be from the fields of Science or Arts.


October 3, 2019

In the afternoon
Special Lecture by Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, President, World Cultural Council

October 4, 2019

In the morning
Special Lecture by 2019 "Albert Einstein" World Award of Science winner
 Special Lecture by 2019 "Leonardo da Vinci" World Award of Arts winner
In the afternoon
36th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony

Tsukuba International Congress Center 2-20-3 Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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