The prize was founded in 2003 on the initiative of the Works Council of the OeAW to honour the presidency of Werner Welzig. The Works Council and the OeAW contribute an equal share of the overall sum of 3,000 Euros annually.

The prize is open to members of the OeAW who have made a special contribution to the internal cohesion or public prestige of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The prize is not intended for scholarly achievements, but is awarded to men and women irrespective of their area of work. The award gives special consideration to those individuals whose activities contribute to the communication of scholarly topics to the public at large.

In order to honor the achievements of the OeAW-employees in this difficult year, the works council and the Presidium of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have decided to award two prizes for the year 2020 as an exception, one for contributions to internal cohesion and one for contributions to the public reputation of the OeAW.

Members of the Works Council and directors of institutes and administrative bodies are not eligible for the Werner Welzig Prize.

Nominations are only accepted from employees of the OeAW.

Selection Procedure

Prize winners are decided by the awards committee, comprising three representatives of the Works Council and three Members of the OeAW.

Nomination Documents

Please send your nomination together with detailed justifi ation and (if available) a tabular CV of the nominee by email to barbara.haberl(at)oeaw.ac.at.