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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.

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Encouraging participation, fostering curiosity, engaging minds, having fun.

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.

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.

Past awards

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past awards

2020 Awards edition

Beacon of the Year

The Beacon of the Year Award celebrates inspirational individuals who have been contributing to our field and to the Ecsite network. The Award recognises innovative visionaries who are empowering and motivating their peers to reach a common goal: emboldening citizens to engage with science.

Do you know someone who deserves this high recognition? Nominate your peer by 31 January 2020.

PRIZE

The winner received an amount of €2,500, a trophy and a certificate at the ceremony which took place during the Opening event of the 2020 Ecsite Conference (Ljubljana, Slovenia) on 11 June 2020.

Sustainable Success

The Sustainable Success Award celebrates long-lasting impact: projects that embody the values of science engagement, that are visionary and socially relevant. For this Award, organisations put their own applications in or be prompted to do so by a peer who thinks their project deserves recognition.

Apply for this Award by 31 January. Or perhaps you know a great project or organisation too shy to step forward themselves? Give them a little nudge and peer-nominate them by 31 December 2019.

PRIZE

The winner organisation received a trophy and a certificate at the ceremony which took place during the Opening event of the 2020 Ecsite Conference (Ljubljana, Slovenia) on 11 June 2020.

The Jury