On December 12 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, a tribute was paid, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert and the Deputy Director General of UNESCO, Mr Xing Qu, to Professor Yves Coppens, President of the International Scientific Committee of the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology in Monaco, who died on June 22, 2022.
The event, organised jointly by the Delegation of the Principality of Monaco, the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology of Monaco and UNESCO, brought together many personalities who spoke about their research and gave moving testimonies linked to Professor Coppens. The audience, including scientists, diplomats and the general public, was captivated.
The scientific progress born from the work of Professor Coppens was highlighted by the members of the International Scientific Committee of the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology of Monaco and by UNESCO through two round tables entitled: “Heritage and climate change” and “Science and innovation”.
An unconditional lover of Africa, Professor Coppens had travelled the planet to share the results of his research as much as to learn from others. Therefore, he felt deeply and literally “a citizen of the world”. His scientific contribution, his intellectual legacy and his curiosity influenced generations of researchers in the community of world scientists.
The Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology of Monaco has dedicated a special edition of its scientific editions (No. 10) which brings together the texts of the 17 members of the international scientific committee.
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