2022 World Cultural Council Award Ceremony

November 29th and 30th


37th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony

2022 WCC Award Ceremony at the University of Coimbra

The University of Coimbra (UC) and the World Cultural Council (WCC) are extremely pleased to announce that the 37th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony will be held at UC on November 29-30, 2022. Special lectures, including those by the laureates, will be given on November 29 and the Award Ceremony will take place on November 30.

The 2022 celebrations in Coimbra will be the first time in the history of the awards programme that all three WCC prizes will be presented at the same event.

Since 1984, the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science, the “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education and the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts have been bestowed on dozens of distinguished scientists, educators and artists who have made ground-breaking achievements in their own fields and have worked to promote tolerance, peace and understanding for the well-being of humanity and the environment. In 2019, the “Leonardo da Vinci” World Arts Award was presented to the film producer Paulo Branco who became the first Portuguese to receive a WCC award.

This year, the Award Ceremony will coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Pombaline Reforms, which opened UC to scientific and experimental teaching and the ideals of the Enlightenment.

UC will be the first Portuguese university to host the World Cultural Council Award Ceremony, which has been held at renowned institutions across the globe, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford University and the University of Princeton.



Encourage sustained leadership.

Academic Excellence

Promote academic excellence through role models who inspire future generations to contribute to a better world.


Foster a culture of altruism.


Please confirm your attendance to the Award Ceremony by 18 November 2022.


This hall is the most important space at the University of Coimbra. It was the old Throne Room, and was the residence of the kings of the first Portuguese dynasty between 1143 and 1383.

Important events in the history of Portugal took place here, such as the proclamation of King John I in 1385. After the University opened in the Palace of Schools, this space became the main hall of the University of Coimbra, where the most important ceremonies of the academic life took place.

The current design of this hall is the result of renovations carried out in the mid-17th century. The walls were lined with “carpet-like” tiles manufactured in Lisbon. The wooden ceiling was renovated with 172 panels with grotesque motifs (representing sea monsters, natives, mermaids and plants).


São Francisco Convent was founded in the sixteenth century. During its history, it served as a hospital and barracks and hosted an important textile factory.

The building has been purchased and restored by Coimbra City Council. It now has a unique auditorium and several multipurpose rooms, which have transformed it into a cultural and congress center, opened to the public on April 8, 2016. It is a space with unique characteristics in a setting that contributes to the enrichment and cultural renown of Coimbra.

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The University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 and is one the oldest universities in Europe.

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