The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences honoured the Institute of Experimental Morphology, Pathology and Anthropology with a Museum (IEMPAM) with a GOLDEN honorary plaquette at a solemn ceremony held at the “Prof. Marin Drinov” Hall. The award is for outstanding contributions to scientific and applied research in the field of experimental morphology and pathology, anthropology and museum studies.

On behalf of the leadership of the Academy, the Vice-President Corr. Memb. Evdokiya Pasheva presented the plaquette to the Director of the Institute Prof. Dr. Svetlozara Petkova. Your institute occupies one of the leading places in the field of biomedicine, emphasized in her address Corr. Memb. Pasheva. She wished more young people to be attracted by the institute in the coming years.

The activities and successes of the Institute were presented by the Director Prof. Dr. Svetlozara Petkova. Today we celebrate what we have created from our daily work and scientific activity, she noted. Heir to a rich history dating back to the establishment of the first biomedical units at BAS, today IEMPAM is a unique institute in its subject matter, where complex fundamental and applied innovative research in the field of human and veterinary medicine is conducted. The National Museum of Anthropology at IEMPAM, the only one in the country, contributes to the preservation of cultural and historical heritage and social memory and to the promotion of museum work.

The celebration marked the 120th anniversary of the birth of Academician Asen Ivanov Hadzhiolov and 125th anniversary of the birth of Acad. Xenophont Andreev Ivanov – the founders of the biomedical field and the first directors of the institutes whose successor today is IEMPAM. On the occasion of the anniversaries, Corr. Memb. Nina Atanassova gave a report on the scientific work of the eminent scientists.

A musical greeting for the holiday was presented by the “Divertimento” piano trio.