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The European Research Council’s (ERC) Public Engagement with Research Award 2020 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 purpose of this award, we understand Public Engagement with Research as the many ways that the public can be involved in the design, conduct or dissemination of the research process.

Researchers can choose to engage with the public for:

  • Communication: to inform and inspire the public about research.
  • Consultation: for projects that have engaged in two-way conversations about research and listened to public views.
  • Collaboration: for research projects that have involved collaborating with the public, including co-creation, co-production of knowledge and citizen science.

Prize

The prize for each winner includes a trophy, complimentary registration to the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020, reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses for attending the award ceremony and visibility at the award ceremony. In addition, winning projects will be featured prominently in the ERC communication channels, expanding the visibility of the projectl, for several months after the award.

2020 Award

The Jury

The winners were selected by a jury chaired by ERC President Vice-President Fabio Zwirner (in alphabetical order):

  • Catherine Franche, Executive Director of Ecsite, The European Network of Science Centres and Museums.
  • Patrice Goldberg, Head of Science Department, RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone / Belgian francophone public television)
  • Eva Kaili (Co-Chair), Member of the European Parliament
  • Pablo Perez Armenteros, Strategy, Corporate and Political Communication Advisor and Consultant
  • Wendy Sadler, Founding Director of Science Made Simple and Lecturer in Science Communication and Engagement at Cardiff University
  • Fabio Zwirner (Chair), ERC Vice-President, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy “G. Galilei”, University of Padua

Prize

The prize for each winner includes a trophy, complimentary registration to the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020, reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses for attending the award ceremony and visibility at the award ceremony. In addition, winning projects will be featured prominently in the ERC communication channels, expanding the visibility of the project, for several months after the award.

Categories 

One winner will be selected in each of the following categories: Public outreach Press and media relations Online and social media.

SUBMISSION

Applicants should fill in the online application form and submit it by the deadline.

Timeline

The competition opens on 24 September 2019. Deadline for submission: 10 January 2020 at 17:00 CET.

The winners of the three categories were announced during a virtual award ceremony on Tuesday 7 July 2020 at 11:00 CEST.

Guide for applicants 

Applicants should fill in the online application form and submit it by the deadline. This Guide for Applicants provides ERC grantees with all the necessary information to make their entry a winner. The guide includes a detailed description of this year’s award categories, the eligibility and award criteria, and FAQs. Participation in this competition is voluntary. Please read the privacy notice associated with this application here.