The Expo ’90 Foundation (The Commemorative Foundation for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990) has announced that Dr. Kunio Iwatsuki has been selected as the winner of the 2016 International Cosmos Prize, the 24th edition of the award.
Dr. Iwatsuki is Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University and is a specialist in biodiversity and plant systematics. His research has focused on biological analysis and what it means for life forms to be “alive”. Following the announcement, Dr. Iwatsuki declared “I will spend the rest of my life continuing to advance my activities to deepen the understanding of greenery, which is a symbol of life.”
Established to commemorate International Horticultural Expo 1990 in Osaka, the Expo ’90 Foundation is responsible for the management of commemorative funds and the promotion of activities that develop the theme of the Expo – "The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind."
Since 2008, the Expo '90 Foundation has collaborated with the BIE through a separate initiative, the BIE-Cosmos Prize. This prize is given out at each World Expo and Specialised Expo, rewarding projects linked to the theme of the Expo and encouraging citizen participation. At Expo 2015 in Milan, the BIE-Cosmos Prize was awarded to the “Nutritious Diet and Sustainable future for Haiti’s Children” project, submitted by non-governmental organisation CESAL.
For more information regarding the 2016 edition of the International Cosmos Prize and the winner, please visit the Expo '90 Foundation website.