On 12 December at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Xing Qu, a tribute was paid to Professor Yves Coppens, former Chair of the International Scientific Committee of the Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, who passed away on 22 June 2022.
Organised jointly by the Permanent Delegation of the Principality of Monaco, the Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology and UNESCO, the symposium brought together numerous public figures, who spoke of their research and gave touching accounts about Professor Coppens to a captivated audience of scientists, diplomats and the general public.
The scientific achievements made possible by the work of Professor Coppens were honoured by members of the International Scientific Committee of the Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology and by UNESCO through two round table discussions on: “Heritage and Climate Change” and “Science and Innovation”
The event was the occasion to:
• Highlight the contributions of Professeur Yves Coppens to our understanding of humanity;
• Promote and disseminate science;
• Offer delegates of UNESCO Member States new insight into international archaeological research currently underway and led by UNESCO through the HEADS programme and the Sesame Centre, and the role played by Monaco in international scientific cooperation.
Passionate about Africa, Professor Coppens travelled the globe to share the results of his research and to learn from others, with the deep and genuine sense of being a citizen of the world. His contribution to science, his intellectual legacy and his curiosity influenced generations of researchers in the global scientific community.
In relation to the symposium, the Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology published a special issue of its scientific journal (No. 10) containing texts by the 17 members of the International Scientific Committee.
Source: Monaco Government