2018 Newton Prize winners

Read about the winners of the 2018 Newton Prize in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Thailand below.

Thousands of people around the world are imprisoned, tortured or executed for political reasons. Left undocumented, these actions are often met with denial, revisionism and impunity for those who...
08 October 2020
Beans are central to Mexico’s food security, but they are also highly sensitive to drought. Drought can cause up to 80 percent bean yield losses and climate change is making this problem worse....
08 October 2020
Waste water from coffee processing is harmful to the environment, as it contains substances that take a very long time to degrade. This is a particular problem in Colombia, the world’s third...
08 October 2020
Long electricity blackouts have a big impact on a country’s economic activities, social stability and security. Latin America’s energy infrastructure currently lacks the resilience to deal with...
08 October 2020
The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one of the world’s richest biomes, home to a large number of species unique to that area. It is fundamental to the physical and cultural survival of the indigenous...
06 October 2020

2018 Chair & Committee

The 2018 Newton prizes were awarded by the 2018 Newton Prize Committee which is chaired by Sir Venki Ramakrishnan FRS, President of the Royal Society and a Nobel Prize Winner.

The 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.

The 2018 Newton Prize eligible countries are: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.


Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

“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.

Dr Fabiola Leon-Velarde Servetto

Fabiola Leon-Velarde Servetto is a Peruvian physiologist who has devoted her research to the biology and physiology of high altitude adaptation. She obtained a BSc. in Biology (1979), an MSc (1981)...
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Kathy Peach

Kathy Peach is the Interim Head of Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design – exploring how human and machine intelligence can be combined to develop innovative solutions to social...
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Dr. Celina Maria Turchi Martelli

Dr. Celina Maria Turchi Martelli is a researcher of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Institute Aggeu Magalhães, FIOCRUZ-Pernambuco, Brazil. Dr. Martelli´s research focuses on infectious...
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Dr Jonathan Hague

Jonathan Hague has long experience of delivering innovation across Unilever’s categories, working in all aspects of R&D leadership. He became Vice President Global R&D for Homecare...
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Professor Carlos Frenk

Carlos Frenk is the Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and founding Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology of Durham University.  He is one of the originators of the “Cold...
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Professor Jane Francis

Jane Francis is Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge. A geologist by training from the University of Southampton (B.Sc and PhD), she was a NERC Postdoctoral Fellow in London,...
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Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi

Dr. Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi leads the Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group. He rejoined the World Bank Group from the Government of Peru, where he served as Minister of Education from...
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Paula Caballero

Prior to joining RARE as Managing Director for Climate and Water, Paula Caballero was Global Director of the Climate Program of the World Resources Institute where she led the launch of the NDC...
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Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Baroness Brown is an engineer. An academic career at Cambridge University led to senior business and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce plc. Returning to academia as Principal of Engineering at...
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Newton Prize 2018 Booklet

Find out more about the full shortlist in the Newton Prize 2018 booklet.

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