The Science for Society foundation, under the aegis of Fondation de Luxembourg, with support from the FNR, launches a new prize: The ‘Science for Society’ prize will reward a project, an action, or a set of activities that have enabled the general public to reveal, explain and put scientific evidence into context in public debate and/or understand and develop critical thinking based on scientific facts, and/or debunk fake news or associated communications linked to societal issues thanks to a scientific demonstration and/or exceptional communication efforts.
The new award amounts to EUR 5,000. Laureates will be handed over their award by the Science for Society foundation at a special ceremony and the foundation Science for Society and the FNR will promote and publicize the awardees and their achievements. Applications must be received by 13 December, 2021, 14:00 CET.
Eligible applicants are Individuals or a team (scientists, teachers, etc.), as well as institutions, non-profit associations or foundations that have contributed to empower evidence-informed public debates in Luxembourg.
Applicants may be nominated for the award by a third party, with prior approval of the applicant(s).
The submitted projects must have taken place in Luxembourg before the proposal submission deadline. Projects can be finalized (no longer ago than May 2020) or still ongoing. Only the results achieved by the submission deadline will be considered.
The jury will evaluate the impact of the project/initiative/activity towards empowering evidence-informed public debates, by considering the following aspects:
- Creating a scientific perspective to a societal issue
- Using scientific evidence in a clear, appropriate, and effective way towards the general public
- Fighting against misconceptions or fake news present in the public debate
- General quality of the project/initiative/activity
The award will be allocated to the winner during an event that will be organized in February 2022 (at the latest) with the grantee (or the grantee team) and one representative from both Fondation de Luxembourg and FNR.
The Science for Society Prize is an initiative of the Science for Society Foundation, under the aegis of Fondation de Luxembourg, with support from the FNR.
About Fondation de Luxembourg
The Fondation de Luxembourg was created in December 2008 by the Luxembourg State and the Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte. Its mission is to promote private philanthropic commitment. The structure was set up to meet the growing need for a centre of expertise in philanthropy in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and to encourage and facilitate philanthropic commitments made by private individuals and/or businesses.
About the Science for Society Foundation
The Science for Society Foundation supports organisations and projects aiming at communicating unbiased scientific information to opinion leaders and the general public. The Foundation especially targets its support in scientific fields in which the information tends to be biased because of political agendas or emotional content, such as the environment, health or sustainable development issues. It envisions that a better understanding of science in areas that are important for Society will foster sounder debates and more informed policy decisions.