The Gunnerus Sustainability Award

Gunnerus-award_2Call for nominations – deadline December 1, 2016

The 2017 Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science

The Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science is conferred by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  The Award winner will receive NOK 1 million (approximately USD 190,000), a gold medal, and a diploma.

Scientific academies, universities, research institutions, university professors, and senior researchers are encouraged to submit nominations before December 1, 2016.

The conferring institutions and Johan Ernst Gunnerus

In 2010, the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) celebrated its 250th anniversary, and NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology celebrated its centennial. NTNU is Norway’s largest university, and DKNVS is the oldest scientific institution in Norway and among the oldest academies worldwide. The founding father of DKNVS was bishop Johan Ernst Gunnerus (1718-1773) who became Norway’s first internationally acclaimed naturalist. His legacy is still very much felt in Norway and Trondheim today, the city from which he led the Society. Thus, the Award is named in his honor, as the Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science. The first Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science was awarded in 2012 to the Indian-American scientist, Dr. Kamal Bawa, from the University of Massachusetts. See also www.dknvs.no.

Sustainability science

The field of sustainability science advances our scientific understanding of the dynamics of human-environmental systems. Sustainability science is therefore a synthesis, integration and awareness of different scientific disciplines that recognizes the interaction between natural and human systems, and can aid in the transition to sustainable systems.

The Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science will be presented to a scholar who has made outstanding contribution to sustainability science within the fields of the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, or technological sciences, either through interdisciplinary work or through work within one of these fields. Candidates who have shown that their scientific results have been translated into active policy and applied into expedient management systems, will be prioritized. The candidate must be of exceptional scientific quality assessed by published work and scientific impact. The candidate’s accomplishment should contribute to a richness of social benefit to humanity within the framework of sustainability, and contribute to changing perceptions or methodologies within the field of sustainability science.

The 2017 Award will be given to one scientist, or in the case of closely related fundamental scientific contributions, may be shared between two scientists.

The Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony will take place on October 19, 2017, in connection with the NTNU Sustainability Science Conference October 18-20, 2017 in Trondheim, Norway. NTNU’s cross-university and interdisciplinary strategic research area, NTNU Sustainability, hosts the conference as a platform to share evidence-based research and implementable strategies for sustainable decision-making. The Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science will be awarded at a formal ceremony during the conference.

Call for nominations

The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology call for nominations of candidates for the aforementioned award. Scientific academies, universities, research institutions, university professors, and senior researchers are encouraged to submit nominations before December 1, 2016. Self-nominations are not accepted. Only online nominations made at

Nomination form
will be considered. A jury of internationally recognized scientists will rank the premier candidates. The recipient of the 2017 Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science will be announced in Spring 2017.

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