Science Communication Award

We recognize Europe-based microbiologists at any stage of their career that apply science communications and public relations to contribute significantly to the public discourse about science and evidence.

Frequency: biennially

The Prize consists of:

  • FEMS will promote the communication activity (e.g. webinar or campaign) to its community in an appropriate way, e.g. via FEMS channels
  • A certificate
  • € 1,000 prize money towards campaigning

Timeline:

  • The deadline for nomination is 1 May in uneven years.
  • Following selection by the FEMS Awards Board and approval by the FEMS Directors, FEMS will contact all applicants before 1 June in the year of the application.

Who is eligible?

  • persons or groups active in any field of microbiology and science communication related to microbiology
  • persons or group promoting public understanding of microbiology topics by Europe-based microbiologists at any stage of their career
  • member of a FEMS Member Society

The Award will be announced at the upcoming FEMS Congress.

How to apply

You can apply via our awards submission system. In order to apply, you need a FEMS profile/account.

  1. Please create an account here or login with your credentials here.
  2. Once logged in to your FEMS profile, you can access the nomination forms for our Awards via this link.

Make a nomination

You can also find the application forms at any time within your FEMS profile/account:

  • login to your FEMS profile
  • then under ‘Announcements’ click on the ‘Nominate for an award’ link
  • select the Science Communication award nomination form link
  • fill in the form, save your progress and come back to it and once you are ready – Submit

Read the Award Regulations

Previous  Science Communication Awardees

2023 – Joanna Verran

Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

Joanna Verran, who has founded the Bad Bugs Bookclub, has distinguished herself to general public education and science communication and has significantly contributed to FEMS education and communication work.

2021 – Cláudia Godinho

Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Claudia has demonstrated a passion for science communication, contributing to International Microorganism Day since its beginning and her enthusiasm for getting the public excited about microbiology were recognized by the Awards Committee. Her aim is now to expand International Microorganism Day to a younger audience.

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