Dame Helen Wallace to be awarded 2015 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values

Dame Helen WallaceIn honour of her highly respected and extensive scholarly work on political studies and policy in Europe, Dame Helen Wallace will be the second scholar to be awarded the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values; a prize initiated by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

Professor Wallace´s research not only offers comprehensive and incisive insights into the political systems of Europe, but is also a powerful contribution towards analysing the complexity of European integration. “Especially in view of the growing scepticism towards European cooperation, it is even more imperative that we honour research such as Dame Helen’s which helps us better understand how European integration can be achieved”, says Professor Günter Stock, ALLEA President and chairman of the prize jury. “Dame Helen has provided us with an invaluable resource in her work. Her personal as well as her scholarly integrity is unwavering and her commitment to European cooperation is undisputed”.

The laureate has served as Foreign Secretary of the British Academy since 2011 and was previously Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Wallace’s research has focused on European politics in nearly every context and region, establishing her reputation as an authority in the field. Her seminal work Policy-Making in the European Union is currently entering its seventh printing. Her advice and consultation is sought after at the highest levels of European policy making.

The All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values is co-sponsored by Stiftung Mercator and endowed with 25,000 EUR. ALLEA established the prize to pay tribute to the boundless intellectual and cultural diversity and richness of Europe, and to highlight how outstanding scholarly work, particularly in the fields of the humanities and social sciences, contributes to the understanding of Europe as a cultural and intellectual entity. The first laureate, Professor Luisa Passerini, received the prize from former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in 2014 to honour her work on European cultural identity.

An official press invitation as well as information on registration and programme details will soon be released.

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