Kazakh and UK scientists awarded prestigious NATO Science Prize
The NATO Science Partnership Prize for 2007 has been awarded to
two scientists from Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom for excellent
collaboration in a NATO-sponsored Science for Peace project.
During the award ceremony, held at NATO Headquarters on 22 March, Professor
Mukash Burkitbayev of Kazakhstan and Professor Nick Priest of the United
Kingdom received the 2007 prize for their cooperative project assessing radioactive
contamination at the nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, which
was operated by the former Soviet Union.
The prize was formally presented to the winners by the NATO Deputy Secretary
General, Ambassador Minuto Rizzo, who pointed to the value of this project
as a good example of the excellence in cooperation for which the Prize is
The high-quality radiological laboratory which has been set up under this
project at the al Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, provides the
country with a much needed capability to analyse radiation risks. The project
has also been instrumental in training young scientists.
Professor Burkitbayev and Professor Priest have worked together extremely
well in conducting a demanding activity. But they did not work alone. Each
heads up a team of scientists which have worked together closely in conducting
The NATO project has been an enabler in establishing and expanding these
teams in the United Kingdom and Kazakhstan and making them more effective,
in addition to establishing an international network.
The Prize consists of a €10,000 grant to each of the winners to support
their further research, as well as an official certificate and a special