Dutch Royals Award Erasmus Prize 2015

  November 26, 2015 at 6:07 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with Princess Beatrix and Prince Constantijn attended yesterday, Wednesday November 25, the Erasmus Prize Awards at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

The theme of this year was “Digital culture and the dissemination of knowledge”.

The King presented this year’s prize to the “Wikipedia Community”. Wikipedia received the award because “it has facilitated the dissemination of knowledge through a set at any accessible encyclopedia.” At the ceremony were present three young representatives of the Wikipedia Community: Adele Vrana, Phoebe Ayers and Louis Gelauff. The award consists in a cash prize of 150,000€.

The Erasmus Prize Foundation was founded in 1958 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and is awarded annually to a person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to culture, society or social science in Europe and beyond.  The Foundation aims to strengthen the position of the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander is Patron of the Erasmus Prize Foundation.

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