RIAVS (Rencontres Internationales Image et Science) was created in 1976 with an annual event lasting several weeks – at the Eiffel Tower, at UNESCO and in 200 partner museums throughout the world during which scientists, artists, movie makers, TV producers and the public meet. As a previous director general of UNESCO, Kõichirõ Matsuura, wrote “a unique initiative… which brings together in one place: science, culture, communication and education”.
The event has since inspired similar events in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Greece, Iran, Italy and Japan. In the 1990s RIAVS created le Prix Argos to honour outstanding websites, those which showed outstanding creativity and imagination (Prix Argos Lewis Carroll) and those which provided an extraordinary access to knowledge (Prix Argos Denis Diderot)
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