The Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science

 

The Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science is conferred by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Award winner receives NOK 1 million, a medal and a diploma.

The winner will be announced on March 25th. The prize will be awarded at the NTNU Science Festival in Trondheim on June 17th 2019. 

The Gunnerus Award symbol is based on a meadow buttercup from 1767 in J. E. Gunnerus’ herbarium. Gunnerus was the founding father of the The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS). 

Award Ceremony in June

The Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science 2019 will be awarded at the NTNU Science Festival «The Big Challenge» on June 17th in Trondheim, Norway.

The conferring institutions and Johan Ernst Gunnerus

The international Gunnerus Sustainability Science Award is a collaboration between the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) – Norway’s oldest scientific institution and the original founder of the prize, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Norway’s largest university, represented by NTNUs strategic research area – sustainability (NTNU Sustainability). The prize is awarded every two years.

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.

Scientific Committee

A Scientific Committee of five members from the Nordic countries is established to evaluate the nominations. The chair is Norwegian. The Scientific Committee itself may nominate candidates for the prize. The Committee ranks the premier three candidates. The board of DKNVS and an expert group on sustainability from NTNU, appointed by the Rector, thereafter select the award winner in a joint meeting.

Contact

The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters