The Evens Foundation (www.evensfoundation.be) is a European public benefit foundation with headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium and additional offices in Paris and Warsaw. It initiates and supports sustainable projects, and awards biennial prizes, that contribute to the progress and strengthening of Europe based on cultural and social diversity. Its three main action domains are European Citizenship, Peace Education and Media.
The Evens Foundation strongly believes that science has a role to play in promoting a more harmonious society in Europe. It thus supports relevant scientific research in the framework of its Science Prize. The 2013 scientific challenge focused on the highly exciting and fascinating topic of the neuroscience of empathy. No fewer than 20 proposals were submitted.
After careful consideration, the international expert jury unanimously selected the project “Upregulating the neuronal substrates of empathy via neurofeedback” of Professor John Gruzelier (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Professor David Sander (University of Geneva). Their research will explore a new way to directly boost the neural and behavioural substrates of empathic concern.
"The jury praised the solidity of the proposal, and strongly approved of the collaboration between two universities, the sharing of infrastructure and talent. They also found the use of neurofeedback extremely interesting. This suggested that the project had the potential to lead to intervention to encourage and promote empathy in individuals. Last but not least, the jury wanted to celebrate Prof. Gruzelier for his many years’ commitment to neurofeedback, which struggled for many years to establish its credibility in scientific circles but, thanks to deeper and more thorough research, has increasingly gained recognition." www.evensfoundation.be
During the SAN2014 conference dinner, the EVENS foundation President, announced the winners and presented the winners with the prize, below.
On the left Mrs Corinne Evens, Co-founder and Honorary President, and Marjolein Delvou, Programme Manager for Peace and Education, have been presented with bouquets by Professor Gruzelier ; on the right Dr Tomas Ros, the Evens Research Fellow, and Professor Gruzelier.