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.
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.
Prize winners are decided by the awards committee, comprising three representatives of the Works Council and three Members of the OeAW.
Please send your nomination together with detailed reasoning and (if available) a tabular CV for the nominee by email to application(at)oeaw.ac.at.