Applications are now open for the 2017 edition of the BIE-Cosmos Prize, organised in partnership with Expo 2017 Astana. The prize rewards not-for-profit projects from citizens and groups working in fields relating to the theme of the Expo – “Future Energy”.
The prize is open to any not-for-profit project by a citizen or a group that contributes to sustainable energy development, universal access to clean energy, energy security and efficiency, responsible consumption, renewable energy sources, etc. as illustrated by the theme of Expo 2017 Astana “Future Energy”, or which demonstrates a strong potential to do so.
Applications for eligible projects may be submitted by completing the application form, in English or in French, before 20 April 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be selected to present their work and achievements at Expo 2017 Astana. Before the end of the Expo, the winning project will be chosen by a jury, receiving a donation of 20,000 euros.
The BIE-Cosmos Prize is a collaboration between the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Expo ’90 Foundation, which commemorates the International Horticultural Expo 1990 in Osaka, Japan. At each World Expo and Specialised Expo since 2008, the BIE-Cosmos Prize has been awarded to projects linked to the theme of the Expo to encourage citizen participation. Each prize gives financial support to one project whose development is considered part of an Expo’s grassroots legacy.
At World Expo 2015 in Milan, which was organised under the theme “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life”, the BIE-Cosmos Prize was awarded to the “Nutritious Diet and Sustainable future for Haiti’s Children” project, submitted by non-governmental organisation CESAL.
Expo 2017 is a Specialised Expo being organised in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 10 September. Set to gather over 110 international participants, the Expo is being organised under the theme “Future Energy”, with three subthemes - “Reducing CO2 Emissions”, “Living Energy Efficiency”, and “Energy for All”.