The European Research Council’s (ERC) Public Engagement with Research Award is designed to recognize and celebrate ERC grantees who have demonstrated excellence in public engagement and outreach.
ERC grantees have a contractual obligation to communicate their project and many of them are outstanding science communicators. The ERC would like to recognise those who engage with audiences outside their domain to communicate their research funded by the European Union.
What is Public Engagement with Research?
For the purposes of this prize, public engagement is defined as the involvement of the public in the design, conduct or dissemination of activities funded by the ERC. Engagement is a two-way process, involving interaction and mutual understanding for mutual benefit.
2022 Award amount and categories
3 awards of €10.000 each
After a successful pilot competition in 2020, the second Public Engagement with Research Award contest will have three prizes of a value of €10.000 each in the following categories:
- Involve (citizen science)
- Inspire (public outreach)
- Influence (media and policy)
The ERC Public Engagement with Research Award will provide the winners with high visibility in the form of public interest and increased media coverage.
2022 Award ceremony
The winners were announced at an award ceremony which took place on Thursday 14 July 2022 (16.00 - 17:00 CEST) as a hybrid event of the Euroscience Open Forum
- Award category: Involve - citizen science
Mariska Kret, Leiden University
RecognizeYourself - Bringing science to the zoo, involving the public into the study of great apes emotions
- Award category: Inspire - public outreach
Jonathan Tennyson, University College London
Orbyts - Engaging students in original research, inspiring science careers
- Award category: Influence - media and policy
Alpa Shah, London School of Economics and Political Science
CounterOppression - Challenging inequalities, countering oppression
- Public's Choice
Artur Obłuski, University of Warsaw
NAFEER - Engaging local community in Sudan to promote archaeological heritage