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The Edinburgh Medal

The Edinburgh Medal was instituted by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1988. Each year this prestigious award is given to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity. The Medalist then delivers a lecture at the Edinburgh Science Festival.

Edinburgh Medal 2020

Our 2020 Edinburgh Medal recipient is Sunita Narain, the Indian environmentalist and political activist.

As a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change between 2007 and 2014, she played a major role in Indian and global environment and development policy formulation. She is currently Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Join Narain to discuss what must be done in our world – to make it less insecure; less angry and less carbon risked. Remember, climate change, like air pollution is a great equaliser. So, what can we do? Our existence is at stake. Nothing less.

Dr Deborah O'Neill, CEO of Novabiotics, will be delivering the oration for the Edinburgh Medal Address. 

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The 2020 Edinburgh Medal was awarded to Christiana Figueres for her work as a recognised world leader on global climate change and her efforts in bringing nations together to jointly deliver the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Previous Recipients

2020 Sunita Narain

2019 Christiana Figueres

2018 Prof Cordelia Fine

2017 Prof Peter Piot

2016 Kevin Govender and the IAU

2015 Mary Midgley

2014 Prof Mary Abukutsa-Onyango

2013 Prof Peter Higgs and CERN

2012 Dr James Hansen

2011 Prof Carl Djerassi

2010 Sir Alex Jefferies

2009 Prof Jonathan Beckwith

2008 Prof Chris Rapley

2007 Dr Richard Horton

2006 Prof James Lovelock

2005 Prof Colin Blakemore

2004 Prof Steven Rose

2003 Prof Wang Sung

2002 Dr Lise Kingo

2001 Sir John Sulston

2000 Prof Lynn Margulis

1999 Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell

1998 Sir David Attenborough

1997 Prof Amartya Sen

1996 Prof Richard Levins

1995 Sir John Crofton

1994 Prof Manuel Pattarroya

1993 Prof Wangari Maathai

1992 Prof Heinz Wolff

1991 Prof Jane Goodall

1990 Prof Stephen J Gould

1989 Prof Abdus Salam