Newton Prize 2020 Winners

Read about the winning Newton Prize 2020 partnerships between the UK and Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa and Turkey.

Liver cancer is the most common type of cancer in Egypt due to the prevalence of associated conditions such as Hepatitis C, obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), all of which are...
06 October 2020
Jordan has few natural resources and faces numerous challenges, such as water shortages and the Middle East refugee crisis, but it also boasts spectacular sights and a rich history. Tourism is...
14 December 2020
Rates of maternal complications such as sepsis, still births, premature delivery, new-born sepsis, and new-born deaths are high in Kenya. A strong contributing factor is maternal infection with...
14 December 2020
Climate change is primarily caused by too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Human activity such as burning coal and cutting down forests is causing atmospheric CO2 to increase at an...
14 December 2020
The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) is facing a humanitarian crisis. The livelihoods of 60 million people depend on the ocean. Yet it is warming faster than any other. Coastal and marine ecosystems are...
14 December 2020
Energy poverty is a common problem for South African communities living in off-grid informal settlements. Without access to safe, affordable and reliable energy families struggle to power businesses,...
14 December 2020

Chair and Committee

Image of Professor Alice Gast, Imperial College London President and Newton Prize Committee Chair

The prizes are awarded by the 2020 Newton Prize Committee which is chaired by Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London.

The Newton Prize Committee reviews all of the shortlisted applications, along with feedback from the expert peer reviewers, and selects the winners using a consistent scoring system.


Professor Alice P. Gast

Professor Gast’s academic interest is in surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behaviour of complex fluids. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications and a classic textbook on colloid and surface phenomena.

As well her role at Imperial, Professor Gast is a member of a number of UK and international advisory committees and boards including the Board of UK Research and Innovation; the Board of Trustees for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education. She was made a United States Science Envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2010. In 2012, she was appointed to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation. Professor Gast is Chair of the World Economic Forum Global University Leaders’ Forum (GULF) and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Professor Gast is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Académie des Technologies, France, and was a board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2006 – 2010. In 2017 she became a Fellow of The City and Guilds of London Institute. She has been awarded honorary degrees by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, and the University of Western Ontario. In 2017 she received an honorary professorship from Tsinghua University.

Newton Prize 2020 Booklet

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