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23rd November 2010, London: The 1001 Inventions initiative has been presented with the prestigious Science and Technology Award at an awards ceremony organised by Prince Charles’ Mosaic charity at a glittering ceremony in London. More than 400 guests attended the gala event hosted by the BBC’s Mishal Husain and Asad Ahmed and attended by HRH Prince El-Hassan bin Talaal of Jordan and his family.
From left to right Torsten Schuppe (Google UK), Fiona Scoble (1001 Inventions), Peter Fell (FSTC) and Rachel Riley (‘Countdown’ presenter).
The Mosaic Talent Awards are organised by the Mosaic charity, which was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007 with the aims of creating opportunities for understanding between different people and groups and to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds who do not have them. This year is the second time the Talent Awards have been presented following the success of the inaugural event in 2008.
The 2010 Award for Science and Technology is sponsored by Google and was presented to 1001 Inventions by the Chairman of Mosaic, HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, who was joined on stage by Rachel Riley from the Channel 4 programme ‘Countdown’ and Torsten Schuppe of Google UK and Ireland.
Accepting the award Peter Fell, Director of FSTC, commented: “The whole team at 1001 Invention is honoured by this prestigious accolade. For almost 20 years, the people behind the 1001 Inventions initiative have been working tirelessly to promote an accurate understanding of the enormous contribution that Muslim Civilisation has made to the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The thousand year period known as The Golden Age of Muslim civilisation – starting from the 7th century – which spanned from Spain to China – still has a huge impact on our lives today.”
“During this time, men and women of many different faiths and backgrounds, made great strides in our understanding of the world we all inhabit. The core message of 1001 Inventions is about the shared scientific and technological heritage of humanity. We believe that the most effective way to teach this message is by highlighting role models that inspire young people today to consider careers in science and technology.”
From left to right HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, Torsten Schuppe (Google UK), Fiona Scoble (1001 Inventions), Peter Fell (FSTC) and Rachel Riley (‘Countdown’ presenter).
The 1001 Inventions exhibition is currently on a five-year global tour and, following blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, it will enjoy its North American Premiere at the prestigious New York Hall of Science (NYSci) on the 4th of December 2010.
Reacting to the award, Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, Chairman of FSTC, said “We would like to thank both Google and Mosaic for recognising the work that we are doing and we would like to thank all those who have supported our efforts over the years for making 1001 Inventions the enormous success that is has become today.”
The 1001 Inventions exhibition’s international tour is globally sponsored by ALJ Community Initiatives (ALJCI which is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the ALJ Group - a Toyota automobiles distributor operating in 13 different countries. ALJCI plans and operates numerous global programs, such as poverty-alleviation initiatives, artistic and educational projects and technology innovation grants, including a long history of scholarships for students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.