The Euroscience Foundation was founded in 2000 as a foundation under German civil law; it has its offices in Hanover, Germany.
Its purpose is the advancement of European science and culture. It awards prizes such as the European Science Writers Award and supports workshops and symposia. The Euroscience Foundation is linked to the Euroscience Association in Strasbourg, a pan-European association for the advancement of European science for which the foundation collects money. The Euroscience Association was founded 1997 by engaged European scientists to support as an open forum European research and technology policy and to strengthen the link between science and society.
The Euroscience Foundation ties up to this by focussing science journalism and the communication of research results to a wider public. Since 2001 it gives a 3000 Euros endowed European Science Writers Award to editors and writers for their achievements for the promotion of science journalism in Europe. The first award was made to Dr. Philip Campbell, editor of the British science journal nature. Young scientists who showed interest in scientific topics have been honoured for the first time in 2004. The first Junior Award endowed with 1,000 Euros was made to the Swedish science journalist Ulrika Björksten and to the Austrian Andreas Feiertag.
The latest award ceremony took place at the Euroscience Open Forum on 16 July 2006. The winners of the European Junior Science Writers Award 2006 are: Dr. Christina Berndt from the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, Miklos Hargitai from the Hungarian daily newspaper Nepszabadsag and Bas Kast from the German daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
The words of thanks were spoken by Dr. Christina Berndt.
The Board of Trustees of the Euroscience Foundation, the five members of which are Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre Bourguignon (France), Reinhold Kopp (Germany), Prof. Claude Kordon (France), Dr. Wilhelm Krull (Germany) and Prof. Dr. Carl Sundberg (Sweden), decides on the winners.
The capital stock of the Euroscience Foundation amounts to 60,000 Euros. Private donations and profits made out of its capital investment enable the Foundation to meet its objectives.
Words of Thanks
European Science Writers Award 2008
Words of Thanks
European Junior Science Writers Award 2006