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Winners of the 2012 Kavli Prize/World Federation of Science Journalists Competition

February 20, 2012 posted in Competitions
(Vancouver – 18 February 2012) – Vesa Niinikangas, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) announced today the winners of 8 travel awards to discover science in Norway and attend the 2012 Kavli Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, 3rd to 6th September.

The eight winners come from as many different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. They were selected by a committee of WFSJ Board members.

Thanks to a grant from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Ministry of Research and Education, the following journalists will have the opportunity to visit and meet scientists in Norway and attend, in Oslo, the Kavli Award Ceremony and lectures given by some of the best popularizers of science:
  • Ms. Baraka Bashir (Freedom Radio) from Kano (Nigeria),
  • Mr. Bernardo Esteves (Piaui Magazine) from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 
  • Ms. Brooke Borel (Popular Science Magazine), New York (United States), 
  • Ms. Chao Xu, science reporter of Caixin Meida ( (China)
  • Ms. Marie-Pier Elie (Télé-Québec and Québec Science magazine), Montréal (Canada), 
  • Ms. Radha Chitale, Medical Tribune Magazine (Singapore), 
  • Mr. Roël van der Heijden (website from Nijmegen (The Netherlands), 
  • Mr. Toni Pou, author and freelancer from Barcelona (Spain).
The Kavli Prize is a partnership between the Kavli Foundation, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The scholarships for the journalists are funded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Ministry of Research and Education.

The Kavli Foundation is the brainchild of Norwegian-born Fred Kavli, a physicist and entrepreneur who came to the United States after the Second World War and invented flight control sensors for aircraft, devices which operate in most commercial and military aircraft today.

For more information, contact Jean-Marc Fleury at or +1 819 770 0776


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