The Expo ’90 Foundation (The Commemorative Foundation for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990) has announced that Dr. Augustin Berque has been selected as the winner of the 2018 International Cosmos Prize, the 26th edition of the award.
Established to commemorate 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."
The Expo ’90 Foundation selected Dr. Berque, Director of studies at the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) in Paris, for his research and suggestions on the relationship between humankind and nature.
Inspired by the ‘fudo’ concept of Earth, Dr. Berque developed a new academic discipline, mésologie, and proposed a new theory reconsidering the relationship between nature and people, stressing the essential elements of Earth as resources, restrictions, risks and amenities.
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 and Specialised Expo, rewarding projects linked to the theme of the Expo and encouraging citizen participation. At Specialised Expo 2017 Astana, the BIE-Cosmos Prize was awarded to the National University of Lesotho (NUL) for its innovative low-cost solar collector project, reflecting the Expo’s “Future Energy” theme.
For more information regarding the 2018 edition of the International Cosmos Prize and the winner, please visit the Expo '90 Foundation website.