Rotary Club Amsterdam is a member of a European network of 11 Rotary Clubs (Florence, Tours, Athens, Vienna, Madrid, Brussels, Wurzburg, London, Amsterdam, Dublin and Copenhagen).

In the year 1973 the Florence Rotary Club, approaching the 50th anniversary of its foundation, decided to found a prize to be awarded to young scholars who intended, also with the aid of the prize, to continue their studies and work in their particular field even though they had already acquired special merit. To confirm the precise intention of making the prize open to every artistic, scientific and literary discipline, it was decided to name it after Leonardo da Vinci, who symbolizes the most elevated expressions of the human spirit and whose genius has left profound marks in many fields of knowledge and culture.

At the end of 1974 this “International Leonardo Da Vinci Award” was founded. The awarding of the prize takes place annually in the cities of the participating Rotary Clubs.


2018 Award Boyan Slat

In 2018 the Leonardo Da Vinci Award Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Clean Up will receive the Leonardo Da Vinci Award in Amsterdam. Boyan founded The Ocean Cleanup at age 18 as a high school student he saw so much plastic around him swimming in the Mediterranean that he went to investigate why it would be impossible to clean up that mess. That idea has never let him go. Where reputable salvage companies dropped out, he started to design smartly; he collected money and brought in expertise. In February 2013 he dropped out of his Aerospace Engineering study at TU Delft to start The Ocean Cleanup. Boyan is now 23 years old, CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, with about 75 engineers and technicians around him in Delft and San Francisco. This summer the cleaning of the Pacific Ocean will begin. Boyan has designed a floating system with grab arms, where the plastic is collected and then transported to land and recycled there. If everything goes according to plan, the system will ultimately cost-effective. The first cleanup prototype was deployed in June 2016, and The Ocean Cleanup now prepares to launch the first full-scale operational system into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by mid-2018.