Jane Goodall to give Tang Prize lecture Nov. 20

10/23/2021 07:00 PM
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Jane Goodall. Photo courtesy of Tang Prize Foundation
Jane Goodall. Photo courtesy of Tang Prize Foundation

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall will give a Tang Prize lecture Nov. 20, part of a two-day online program featuring expert talks on law, science and Sinology.

Viewers will be able to watch the lectures and Tang Prize awards ceremony live on the Tang Foundation's website and YouTube channel.

The 4th edition of the awards recognizes notable contributions in the fields of sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, Sinology, and rule of law.

At 10 a.m. on Nov. 20, Professor Wang Gungwu (王賡武), winner of the Sinology prize for his "ground-breaking research on the Chinese world order, Chinese overseas, and Chinese migratory experience," will deliver a lecture entitled: "From Wen to Shi: China's Road" (文史相成的中國之道).

Following the virtual awards ceremony, sustainable development laureate Goodall will speak at 5 p.m. on "Reasons for Hope."

Goodall was honored for "her ground-breaking discovery in primatology that redefines human-animal relationship and for her lifelong unparalleled dedication to the conservation of Earth's environment," according to organizers.

Goodall's talk is then scheduled to be followed by talks from the three rule-of-law laureates, who are being recognized "for their efforts in furthering the rule of law and its institutions through education and advocacy," according to organizers.

First up is the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association lecture at 7:30 p.m. on the "Impact of PIL (Public Interest Litigation)."

This will be followed at 8 p.m. by a lecture on "Public Interest Litigation in Undemocratic Arab Contexts: Lessons from The Legal Agenda Experiences" from a representative of The Legal Agenda.

The final speaker of Nov. 20 will be two members from Dejusticia: The Center for Law, Justice and Society, with a presentation centered around "Strategic Litigation, Democracy, and Social Justice: A Perspective from Dejusticia and Global South" at 8:45 p.m.

Nov. 27 will see talks from the Tang Prize's three biopharmaceutical laureates, who have been recognized for "their development of cytokine-targeting biological therapies for the treatment of inflammatory diseases."

The program will begin with Dr. Charles Dinarello's lecture on "Interleukin-1, the Prime Mediator of Systemic and Local Inflammation" at 4 p.m., followed by Dr. Marc Feldmann on "Translating Molecular Insights in Autoimmunity into Effective Therapy" at 5 p.m., with Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimo sharing his insights on "Interleukin-6: from Arthritis to CAR-T and COVID-19" at 6 p.m. to close out the day.

The 4th Tang Prize awards were originally scheduled to be held in 2020 but were delayed due to COVID-19 concerns.

An independent selection committee organized by Taiwan's Academia Sinica is responsible for the nomination and selection of the award winners.

With this year's event being held virtually, the Tang Prize Foundation said it encourages anyone interested in the research fields of its laureates to tune in.

(By Chen Chih-chung and James Lo)

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