President Truong Tan Sang awarded Ho Chi Minh and State prizes to the minds behind 32 ground breaking scientific projects in 2010 at a ceremony in Hanoi on Feb. 18.

The 176 scientists behind the 32 winning projects come from five fields, including natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, science and technology, agricultural and medical sciences.

Twelve projects received Ho Chi Minh prizes and the 20 others were presented with State prizes.
This is the first time that foreign scientists have also been honoured for their participation in the prize-winning projects.

Noteworthy of the winners are theories on Party building for a ruling Party, Vietnam’s Fauna and Flora as well as the country’s Red Book and Red List.

On addressing the presentation ceremony, President Sang highlighted the contributions made by Vietnamese scientists. This is the fourth time that Ho Chi Minh and State prizes for science and technology have been awarded which, he said, is highly significant and helps with the nation’s socio-economic development and construction.

The president said he believes that the scientific community will make even more breakthroughs which will greatly help the country and match with the Vietnamese people’s intellectual potential.
The awards are granted every five years to honour outstanding scientists./.