The DFG and the Stifterverband (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany) have been presenting the Communicator Award to researchers since 2000 in recognition of outstanding achievements in science communication. The award acknowledges a researcher’s commitment to making their work and specialist area accessible to a wider audience and engaging in a dialogue between the research community and the public. It also promotes the idea that science communication should be given a higher status as part of a researcher’s job.
The DFG and the Stifterverband (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany) present the Communicator Award to researchers in recognition of outstanding achievements in science communication. The award acknowledges a researcher’s commitment to making their work and specialist area accessible to a wider audience and engaging in a dialogue between the research community and the public. It also promotes the idea that science communication should be given a higher status as part of a researcher’s job.
The Communicator Award can be presented to individuals or to a group of researchers. Nominees may be from any research discipline. Larger entities, such as faculties or universities with their communication strategies, are not eligible for nomination.
Name of Award
Communicator Award - Science Award of the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany
Type of Prize
Annually conferred personal award
Number and Value of Awards
One award of €50,000 funded by the Donors’ Association
Persons entitled to put forward nominations
Researchers may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Researchers who are employed at universities and research institutions in Germany may nominate themselves. For self-nominations, a detailed written recommendation by a second researcher on the nominee’s communication work must also be submitted. If a researcher is nominated by someone else, detailed reasons for the nomination must be provided. Nominations may be put forward by leaders of universities and research institutions and by previous Communicator Award recipients.
Selection Criteria for Recipients
- Originality: Communication work goes beyond conventional activities and formats in a creative approach, employing new and innovative means to achieve communication aims and reach out to the target audience.
- Long-term commitment: The nominee has engaged in science communication for a long period of time. Their activities and formats are appropriate to the chosen target audiences and designed to achieve a long-term impact on these audiences.
- Breadth / diversity: Communication activities are not limited to a single format or project but encompass a range of measures aimed at different target audiences. The nomination clearly indicates which groups are the focus of communication activities and how the nominee reaches out to them.
Selection of Recipients
The winner is chosen by a jury of science journalists and communication and PR experts chaired by a Vice-President of the DFG.
Nominations, including self-nominations, for the following year’s award may be submitted to the Press and Public Relations office (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Kennedyallee 40, 53175 Bonn, Germany), preferably in digital form, by the deadline specified in the current call for nominations.
Interner LinkTo the Call 2018 (in German only)
The nomination must include meaningful documents about the nominee’s communication work and illustrate a representative sample of their activities. The documents should also show the basic ideas / communication concepts on which the activities are based, what goals they pursue and what they have achieved.
Nominees must be active in research and be employed by a scientific or academic institution. The award is not intended for those who primarily specialise in science communication or who pursue this activity on a professional or commercial basis.
The following types of documentation may be presented as evidence of a nominee’s activities:
Activities - type of documentation
- Films, videos, podcasts, etc. - on DVD or by providing a weblink
- Online articles, social media activities, blogs, etc. - as links
- Live events (e.g. lectures, discussions) - as a list with details of venue, date and topic; with reference to audio or video recordings if relevant
- Activities for schools (e.g. school labs, workshops) - as a list with details of place, date and topic
- Exhibitions - link to exhibition website and any other relevant information material (e.g. catalogues)
- Written material (newspaper articles, books, etc.) - as a list and with representative samples
Nominations should be submitted electronically if at all possible, for example by e-mail or on data media. For large volumes of data, nominations may be submitted via the DFG’s file transfer server. Individual login details will be provided on request. Nominations and relevant documents may also be sent by post.
Submissions of written documents must not exceed 50 pages.
Each nomination must also be accompanied by a curriculum vitae; please do NOT include bibliographies of scientific or academic publications.
Important note: If a researcher is nominated by someone else, it is important to ensure that the nominee(s) are informed and that the necessary documents for the nomination are submitted. The DFG does not do this on anyone’s behalf.