The ALLEA Prize honours truly European scholars whose academic works embody significant contributions to the cultural and intellectual values of Europe and to ideas of European integration, presenting Europe as multifaceted, intellectual, open and vibrant as it truly is. The prize is one of the few dedicated to social sciences and humanities scholarship and underlines the importance of non-technological scholarly work and research in European advancement.
This book is a humble attempt to honour Luisa Passerini, Dame Helen Wallace, and Rémi Brague, our first three laureates and to preserve written testimony of these personalities and their words. It comprises the lectures of the three laureates as well as the three respective laudatory speeches. Furthermore, it reproduces the speeches of the three distinguished EU high level officials that subsequently participated in the award ceremonies: former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas; and European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.