The Science Award 2019

The Margaretha Lupac Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy Science Award honours a scientist’s life achievements, a scientific publication, or a completed and evaluated doctoral thesis.

The following criteria will be considered in conferring the Award:

  • the work’s contribution to an in-depth understanding of the foundations, the functioning and the basic values of the Austrian republic/democracy,
  • its underlining of the importance of the principle of tolerance in the discourse on issues of politics, arts and social developments,
  • its reference to the European and/or international dimension of the respective issue,
  • its dealing with the potentials and strengths but also the challenges and reforms of parliamentary democracy and its institutions in Austria,
  • the impetus it gives for a broader public discussion of these topics.

The Science Award honours outstanding scientific work addressing one or several of these aspects. The publications/doctoral theses submitted must not be older than 3 years. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are possible.

The Award amounts to a total of € 15,000.-, which may be split between up to three winners. Sub­missions are possible between 15 January and 15 June 2019. The decision on the Award winner is made by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees on the basis of the proposal made by the Jury.

The Science Award will be granted in 2019 for the eighth time. The winners of the 2017 Award were University Professors Birgit Sauer and Reinhard Heinisch and Assistant Professor Klaus Poier. The Science Award is offered every other year, in alternation with the Foundation’s Democracy Award.

Awards made so far: