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ILA - INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY ALLIANCE - LOGOLongevity activism prize winners announced!

The International Longevity Alliance announces the winners of the first of its kind prize Competition to support longevity activism, advocacy and raising public awareness about longevity research.

A good number of submissions were made from around the world by leading longevity activist organizations and individuals. It was difficult to make the decisions, as all the contributions were excellent and beneficial for the longevity movement worldwide. All were done by dedicated, creative and effective longevity activists and educators. The main prize can be the actual activities performed. Nonetheless, several activism projects were selected. The decisions were mainly based on the awareness impacts that the projects made in the particular areas, people’s involvement, especially during the October Longevity Month campaign, but also taking into account the past record of longevity activism and encouraging activism development for the future. 

And the winners are: 

First prize: Mikhail Batin and Anastasia Egorova – Open Longevity, Russia, for the Longevity School initiative and the longevity documentary and social media initiatives, among their diverse and long-standing longevity activism, advocacy and educational programs, including an annual offline longevity school.   

Second prize: Andreas Kabus – Longevity Germany, for the advocacy outreach during the Longevity Month. Andreas is representative of several longevity activism and advocacy initiatives and organizations, including the single issue German Health Party. Yet the prize is given not in relation to any particular organization, but for the longevity outreach effort generally.

Third prize: Jose Cordeiro – Singularity Madrid, Spain, for the organization of longevity month online events and media promotions, especially for the Spanish-speaking community, and the publication of the book The Death of Death, among other diverse and long-standing longevity advocacy, educational and awareness raising projects.

There were many excellent submissions by activists, including several less familiar actors in the longevity community, who nonetheless showed a significant potential to develop longevity activism, now and for the future. Hence a new prize category was established: “the breakthrough longevity activism prize” for emerging and promising longevity activism projects and actors.

The four winners of the Breakthrough Longevity Activism Prize are:

Aftab Ahmad – Pakistan Aging Research Society and National Academy of Young Scientists, for the events and promotions in Pakistan during the longevity month

Agbolade Omowole — Longevity Nigeria, for the organization of online events and media promotions during the Longevity Month.

Josiah Akinloye — Enlightenment Transhumanist Forum of Nigeria – ETFN, for longevity outreach media content creation. Josiah is an ILA member (as also several other submitters), yet the prize is given not in relation to any particular organization, but for the longevity advocacy and content creation.   

Youness Erraiba – For Bladi Association, Morocco, for the emerging educational project Longevity Research Support

In addition, recognition and commendation are given to the other participants:

Avinash Kumar Singh and Sarah Ahamed — India Future Society, India, for the organization of the longevity month online event and publication.

Alexander Shishparenok, Russia, for the Open Science – Gerontology educational channel  

Roc Ordman, USA, for the Nutrition Investigator research and education portal 

Tony Bernstein – Portal Terceira Idade, The Third Age Portal, Brazil, for the healthy longevity promotional video.

Congratulations and thanks to all the winners and participants! The aim of this competition was not to “select the best”, but to encourage more longevity activism. We hope this prize has contributed to this aim and we hope this tradition will continue. The competition showed that longevity activism, even in this difficult period, is alive and actively working for its vital mission to build up public support for more longevity science, for a better, more healthy and resilient future for all of us. Hopefully, more longevity activism will be done in the future. And hopefully, more support, both human and other resources, will be given to longevity activism, to enable it to succeed in its mission. 

In the name of the ILA board

Ilia Stambler

Didier Coeurnelle

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