Ta Quang Buu Prize Committee evaluated 8 applications for 2020 Ta Quang Buu Prize

In 29 April 2020 morning, in Hanoi, Ta Quang Buu Prize Committee met in the evaluation meeting to assess eight (08) applications of the nominees for 2020 Ta Quang Buu Prize.

The 2020 Ta Quang Buu Prize Committee consists of 10 members, with Prof. D.Sc. Ngo Viet Trung being President, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huu Duc being Vice President, and other members including: Prof. Dr. Dang Duc Anh, Prof. D.Sc. Ho Tu Bao, Prof. Dr. Tran Thanh Hai, Prof. Dr. Chau Van Minh, Prof. Dr. Phan Tuan Nghia, A. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Trung Kien, Prof. Guy Thwaites – an international expert working in Vietnam (Oxford University Clinical Research Unit) and Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thuc Quyen – a Vietnamese expert working abroad (University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S).

Participate in the meeting, there were Vice Minister Pham Cong Tac – Head of the Prize Organizing Board, as well as other members of the Prize Organizing Board, NAFOSTED’s Executive Office and representatives of the press (participated in the opening session).

The Prize Committee meeting

Six (06) members of the Committee met in Hanoi (Prof.Dr. Chau Van Minh could not participate due to urgent task, but sent his reviews to the Prize Committee instead), connected online with Prof. Guy Thawaites, A.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Trung Kien in Hochiminh City and Prof.Dr. Nguyen Thuc Quyen in the U.S.

Speaking at the opening session of the meeting, Vice Minister Pham Cong Tac – Head of the Prize Organizing Board said that this was the 7th round of the Prize, an up to now it’s reputation has been confirmed and has received support from the scientific community. The Vice Minister also thanked all members of the Prize Committee, as well as members of NAFOSTED’s Scientific Committees for keeping the objective and responsible attitude in evaluation for the Prize. The Vice Minister stated that, the Prize Committee’s prestige and fairness significantly contributed to the quality of the Prize.

Vice Minister Pham Cong Tac – Head of Prize Organizing Board speaks at the meeting

The 2020 Ta Quang Buu Prize has started since November 2019, and NAFOSTED – the Permanent Organization received in total 48 applications for the Prize. In February 2020, NAFOSTED’s Scientific Committees have evaluated and nominated eight (08) nominees for the second assessment at the Prize Committee. Eight (08) nominees for this year Prize include five (05) nominees for the Main Prize in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, three (03) nominees for Young Prize in Mathematics, Physics, and Agricultural Sciences. According to the evaluation process, the applications were also sent to internaltional experts for additional reviews.

Prior to the Prize Committee meeting, these reviews have been sent to the Prize Committee members.

At the Prize Committee meeting, Prof.D.Sc. Ngo Viet Trung – President of the Prize Committee said that, the quality of this year application is really good. The publications done by the nominees are all published in top 5% and 10% of the leading journals in each research fields (according to Scimago ranking). There are also publications that are published on the excellent journal of the field. After going through working principles and methods, the Prize Committee started its confidential assessment session.

Prof.D.Sc. Ngo Viet Trung – President of the 2020 Ta Quang Buu Prize Committee

After the meeting, NAFOSTED shall combine the evaluation results and report to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Information on the awardees of the Prize shall be publich after being officially approved by the Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology. The Prize Ceremony is usually held in the Vietnam Science and Technology Day (18 May). This year, depending on the condition of Covid-19 epidemic and as directed by the Prime Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology shall develope a suitable plan for the ceremony.