ERC announces winners of first Public Engagement with Research Award
On 7 July 2020, the European Research Council (ERC) announced the winners of the first ERC Public Engagement with Research Awards. This award has been awarded for the first time, in order to put the spotlight on ERC grantees who make the effort to engage with audiences beyond the scientific community and do so in effective and original ways. The 2020 Award has three categories: Public Outreach, Press and Media Relations, and Online and Social Media. The winners of these first awards are Professors Anna Davies from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Kontantinos Nikolopoulos from the University of Birmingham, UK, and Erik Van Sebille from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
The competition opened on 24 September 2019 and closed on 10 January 2020. Contestants submitted 138 entries. The Jury of the Award is composed of renowned researchers, science communicators, science journalists and science policy makers. The winners receive a trophy and a tailored communication training session. In addition, the winning entries will be featured prominently on the ERC communication channels, expanding the visibility of the laureates’ research. The award competition is envisaged to be held every two years.