Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards

The Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards encourage those people and organisations who demonstrate innovation, creativity and who through their work actively show how they are making an impact. They are a source of inspiration for others.

Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards

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Created in 2015, the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards encourage creative and impactful work within the informal science education sector.
Open to all Ecsite members, they provide a prestigious incentive and reward, and contribute to the development of excellence in science engagement.

Like the ever-developing field of science itself, the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards are dynamic, with categories changing each year.

The awards are named after José Mariano Gago (1948 - 2015), a key figure of European science engagement. He was a founder of the Portuguese Ciência Viva network of science centres and an active contributor to Ecsite activities over the years. "In a few decades Mariano Gago was able to build a modern scientific community deeply rooted in Portuguese society, implementing his vision that science is source of both technical and human progress. Mariano Gago was also the founder of LIP," explained Mário Pimenta President of the LIP laboratory, generous contributor to the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards.

Need a general introduction or pitch about the awards? Check out this brochure.

Past awards

Browse through past editions: categories, winners, jury members...

past awards

2017 Awards: "Smart and simple" & "Sustainable success"

After two successful editions in 2015 and 2016, the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards are back. This year we have a new peer-nominated category. 

Submissions are now closed. The winner will be announced on 15 June at the Opening event of the 2017 Ecsite Annual Conference in Porto, Portugal.


"Smart and Simple" category

The Smart and Simple Award celebrates simple, innovative and creative solutions in science engagement. It recognises the power of smart ideas that prompt a “I wish I had thought of that one!” reaction from other professionals – this is why nominations for this category were put forward by peers


"Sustainable Success" category

The Sustainable Success Award celebrates long-lasting impact: projects that embody the values of science engagement, that are visionary and socially relevant. For this category, organisations put their own applications in



Winners will be receiving a trophy and diploma at the Opening event of the 2017 Ecsite Annual Conference (Porto, Portugal) on 15 June 2017. Their project will be featured at the Ecsite booth in the conference’s Business Bistro.

One senior manager from each winning organisation will be invited to the 2017 Ecsite Directors Forum (4-6 October 2017, Paris, France) where they will share their experience in a workshop they will run for their peers. Ecsite will be covering registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Moreover, the winners will see their projects showcased on the Ecsite website and will be interviewed in Ecsite’s Spokes magazine. The winning organisations will be able to use the provided version of the Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards logo.


Curious about the application and selection process? All details are in this How to apply document

The Jury

  • Chair of the Jury