The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded by an independent foundation. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. The International Prize Jury, a group of internationally renowned scientists, makes the final selection of prize laureate.
There are many outstanding biologists and environmental scientists among the laureates but the scope of the award is wide. The idea is to promote scientific research and innovations that in broad terms fall within the environmental and sustainability field. So previous laureates also include economists, urban development experts, energy specialists, poverty adversaries and many others who are exploring the path to sustainability.
Since the first award in 1990 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental prizes.
The Prize consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 145,000 or USD 167,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November each year.
- The span of disciplines and activities for which nominations can be made is wide and includes all disciplines which have relevance to the environment. The research of nominees should be based on scientific grounds but must clearly show impacts outside of the specific discipline.
- There is a strong emphasis on scientific achievements, so be sure that all of these are included. Please remember that no self-nominations are accepted.
A Scientific Committee reviews the nominations and presents a report to the international Prize Jury. The Jury recommends one or several winners to the Board of the Volvo Environment Prize Foundation, which then makes the formal decision. The decision is made public in October and the prize is awarded in November each year at a ceremony held in Stockholm, Sweden.
How to Apply
Applicants must fill the online nomination form via given website and must include the following:
- A short letter of motivation A detailed description of the research the nominee has conducted and how it adds to their knowledge around environmental science.
- Main achievements and their importance should be emphasized. Emphasis must also be placed on the impacts of the research outside of the particular discipline, e.g. impacts on policy development, impacts on sustainability and/or contribution to changed behaviour.
- CV of the nominee + list of published paper/s and links if available.
- Letter/s of reference. Maximum 3 letters written by someone other than the nominator.
- Nominations should be submitted in English.
Illustration Photo: Researchers from the Tahoe Environmental Research Center maintain a network of real-time meteorological and lake temperature stations on the water and on land. Along with collaborators from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), TERC has a network of six research buoys and rafts on Lake Tahoe. (credits: UC Davis College of Engineering / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))