Call for applications – UMSICHT Science Award 2018

Understanding the progress

Press release / 27.3.2018

New concepts and developments can only succeed if they own the confidence of society. In order to get society and target groups involved, technologies have to be presented in a comprehensible way. Announced by the UMSICHT Friends and Patrons Group, the UMSICHT Science Award is endowed for the ninth time to people who promote the dialog between science and society. The award is aimed at promoting both categories – science and journalism – and is endowed with a total of 10,000 EUR. Applications can be sent until April 8, 2018.

Sculpture exclusively designed by Hans-Dieter Godolt for the UMSICHT Science Award.
© Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Sculpture exclusively designed by Hans-Dieter Godolt for the UMSICHT Science Award.

Winners of the UMSICHT Science Award 2017 (from left to right): Klaus Uhrig, Dr. Till Krause und Dr. Michael Saliba.
© Fraunhofer UMSICHT/Ilka Drnovsek

Winners of the UMSICHT Science Award 2017 (from left to right): Klaus Uhrig, Dr. Till Krause und Dr. Michael Saliba.

”Climate protection will be the technological and societal revolution of this century!” This statement of Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, indicates that technology and society are two inseparable components that depend on each other. On the one hand, technological progress and thus scientific work cannot be realized without confidence of society. On the other hand, our life is highly influenced by technological achievements. Therefore, an open exchange is of great importance.

The UMSICHT Science Award of the UMSICHT Friends and Patrons Group supports this exchange in 2018 for the ninth time. The prize is awarded to people who did an excellent performance in providing scientific results to society on current topics in the fields of environmental, process and energy technology – the core topics of Fraunhofer UMSICHT. The endowed prize money is split up into an 8,000 EUR prize in the science category and one 2,000 EUR prize for journalistic works.

Category Science

For the evaluation of the work, the subject-specific level and the sustainable benefit for environment and society are particularly important. Special emphasis is placed on the degree of innovation as well as the market proximity and application orientation, and also an easily comprehensible and convincing presentation. In addition to dissertations, final reports and studies, white papers are also welcome.

Category Journalism

In the journalistic field, the form of media is open. Print, online, audio, video: anything goes. The vivid and comprehensible representation of a topic relevant to society and science as well as the originality of the author’s opinions are important evaluation criteria. Published individual and joint works will be evaluated. Mere concepts, photo works and books cannot be submitted for the UMSICHT Science Award.

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Admissible are any and all released works that deal with the topics of the environmental, process or energy technology. The works are not to be older than two years and may be submitted either in German or English. The application documents include: the released research work or publication, an abstract of the work (max. three DIN A4-sized pages), a single-page motivation letter with the title “This is the reason why I am engaged in research“, the application form, a curriculum vitae, and a declaration of consent. An online form is availabe for a clearly arranged data transfer.

The deadline for submission of applications is April 8, 2018. The exact date of the award ceremony will shortly be announced.

UMSICHT Science Award 2017