OdishaPlus Bureau

Erik Jacquemyn Kalinga Prize
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said there is a need to follow the footprints of legendary leader Biju Patnaik who spread the wings of scientific temper far and wide so that the common man gets the benefits of Science & Technological advancements.

“As we all know, in 1951 Biju Patnaik, at the age of 34, exhibited exemplary leadership by instituting the Kalinga Prize for popularisation of science globally,” he said while honoring Belgian scientist Erik Jacquemyn with the coveted award for 2017.

Jacquemyn won the award for popularizing science.
Patnaik said, “ So far, sixty-nine scientists and science communicators from 25 countries have been adorned with this coveted award including Jacquemyn. He is indeed a role model for others. I again congratulate him. and thank Kalinga Foundation Trust and UNESCO for their noble endeavors.”

Patnaik said it is very heartening to felicitate Erik Jacquemyn of Belgium who won the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for popularisation of science.

naveen patnaik felicitates erik jacquemyn

Welcoming Jacquemyn to Odisha, the Chief Minister said, “Jacquemyn is a leading international expert in science communication. He is also a specialist in the development and management of Science Centres and Science & Interactive Museums Worldwide. He is appreciated worldwide for his extraordinary’ creativity- and his deep sense of dedication to Science & Technology Museums.”