2017 Newton Prize winners

Read about the winners of the 2017 Newton Prize in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

From 2005 to 2014, Vietnam was hit by 649 natural disasters destroying almost half a million homes and causing 10,000 casualties annually. Although the country has devoted efforts to reducing the...
08 October 2020
Shrimp farming is a major economic activity in Asia, generating millions of jobs and supporting rural communities. Periodic and unpredictable massive production drops occur with shrimp resulting in...
08 October 2020
As much as 8% of the Thai population is affected by rare genetic diseases. Patients with rare diseases typically endure around seven years of investigation. Timely diagnosis can mean improved...
08 October 2020
Palm oil production is a major contributor to the Malaysian economy but this industry is also a large source of highly polluting waste effluents. Work to develop a sustainable bioremediation method...
08 October 2020
The supply of clean, sustainable, and affordable energy is a key issue in India and across the world. There is a need for a low upfront cost, high-efficiency source of energy production to improve...
08 October 2020
Obstetric haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and sepsis account for more than 50% of maternal deaths worldwide. Early detection and effective management of these conditions relies on vital signs monitoring,...
08 October 2020

2017 Chair & Committee

The 2017 Newton Prizes were awarded by the 2017 Newton Prize Committee which was chaired by President of the Royal Society and Nobel Prize Winner, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan FRS.

The 2017 Newton Prize Committee reviewed all of the short-listed applications, along with feedback from the expert peer reviewers, and identified the winners using a consistent scoring system.


Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society

“One of the aims of the Newton Prize is to highlight the lasting partnerships developed between UK researchers and their colleagues in Newton Fund partner countries to solve global challenges.”

“Latin America has a wealth of excellent researchers working in collaboration with the UK to tackle issues as diverse as post conflict studies, biodiversity, health and earth observation through the Newton Fund partnerships in the region. As Chair of the Newton Prize Committee, I look forward to finding out more about these collaborative endeavours.”

Venki Ramakrishnan is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He received the Louis-Jeantet prize for medicine in 2007 and shared the Nobel prize for chemistry in 2009. In 2015, he was elected President of the Royal Society for a 5-year term.

2017 Committee

Professor Elizabeth Tanner, Professor of Biomedical Materials, University of Glasgow

Professor Jonathan Weber, Director of Research for the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College

Dr Irene Guijt, Head of Research, Oxfam

Professor Sir Howard Newby, retired Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research), Chair of Artificial Intelligence, Imperial College

Professor Georgina Mace, Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, University College London

Dr Jonathan Hague, Vice President R&D Operations and Open Innovation, Unilever

Professor Armida Alisjahbana, Professor of Economics, Padjadjaran University; founder of Sustainable Development Goals Centre, Padjadjaran University.

Professor Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research, University of Cambridge

Newton Prize 2017 Booklet

To find out more about the full shortlist read the 2017 Newton Prize booklet.

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