The 2019 Transfer Award of the University of Konstanz Society

The University of Konstanz Society (UGK) and the University of Konstanz will award the 2019 Transfer Award for a project that successfully connects science and society.

The University of Konstanz’s three central knowledge transfer domains are communication, application and advice. The corresponding research or teaching projects are as creative and diverse as they are innovative. University members are committed to knowledge transfer by either nurturing the dialogue between science and society, moving scientific discoveries beyond academic fields, generating interest in and enthusiasm for research, connecting with stakeholders or developing real-life applications for scientific discoveries. They all have one thing in common: their research and teaching provide noticeable advantages for society. They have earned our attention, recognition and appreciation.

The University of Konstanz Society (UGK) and the University of Konstanz will honour the  extraordinary dedication and exceptional achievements in one or more of the aforementioned types of knowledge transfer activities by awarding the Transfer Award 2019.

The award is endowed with EUR 3,000 and will be presented during the annual Dies academicus ceremony on 18 October 2019.

Application process

University members or external partners have until Friday, 17 May 2019 to nominate activities and projects at the university for the transfer award. Only members of the University of Konstanz are eligible to receive the prize. The nomination should include an abstract of the project (1 page maximum) describing how the activity fulfils the criteria for the Transfer Award. After an initial evaluation by the selection committee, those responsible for short-listed activities will be asked to submit additional information for assessment. The winning project will be announced at the end of June 2019.

    Selection committee

    • Professor Michael Berthold, Department of Computer and Information Science
    • Dr Heike Brandstädter, director of the Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology
    • Professor Dirk Leuffen, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Vice Rector for Research and Academic Staff Development
    • Professor Andreas Marx, Department of Chemistry
    • Professor Bernd Stiegler, Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies
    • Julia Wandt, Director of Communications and Marketing

    Selection criteria

    (The list includes information for all three knowledge transfer domains. However, not all criteria are relevant for every project.)

    • The activities promote active exchange between the academic sphere and members of society, the business community, political or cultural fields or other stakeholders.
    • The activity promotes the understanding of a scientific topic, generates enthusiasm for science or invites participation in scientific work.
    • The activity has an effect on society. This can be a direct benefit (as in a practical application or business spin-off) or an innovative approach to discussion on a socially relevant topic.
    • The activity leads to further projects or collaborations with different areas of the university or external partners.
    • The activity is a particularly creative means of promoting knowledge transfer, for example by using innovative formats for communication/interaction.

    Ineligible projects

    Activities that are receiving funding from the UGK at any point during the nomination and selection process are excluded from the competition. Projects that have already received an award in the categories of research or teaching in either the current or previous year are also not eligible for consideration.