CAPAZ receives science diplomacy award from the German Ministry of Education and Research

BWD-Preis es una iniciativa del ministerio federal de educación e investigación de Alemania.

CAPAZ receives science diplomacy award from the German Ministry of Education and Research

BWD-Preis es una iniciativa del ministerio federal de educación e investigación de Alemania.

Imagen/Graphic: Shared notes, BWD-Preis


CAPAZ took part in the 2020 “Raising the profile of Education and Science Diplomacy” call, launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung-BMBF). An independent expert jury chose the three most successful experiences in science diplomacy; among them, CAPAZ.

During the online award ceremony, held on June 1, 2021 with Minister Anja Karliczek, the participants discussed the future perspectives of science and academic diplomacy and the three pillars of science diplomacy from the perspective of the BMBF (information in German): (CONNECT | INFORM | ENABLE)

The prize awarded to CAPAZ

The jury consisting of Dr. Ralf Hermann, Prof. em. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Dr. Heidemarie Kassens, Prof. Dr. Stefan Kuhlmann, Dr. Katja Lasch and Markus Weißkopf chose three innovative communication concepts in the field of scientific and academic diplomacy. CAPAZ stood out in this respect, but also for the cooperation between Colombia and Germany that fosters the consolidation of a stable and lasting peace in Colombia, in support of the implementation of the peace agreements signed in 2016 between the Colombian government and the demobilised FARC-EP guerrilla.

The event in pictures:

The three winners will receive a prize of 75,000 euros (seventy-five thousand euros) each to be spent for one year. Social media audiences chose their favourite project among the three winners, and this public prize went to the YesBridge initiative (Leibniz Informationszentrum Wirtschaft).

Justus Liebig University, Giessen (JLU), leading the CAPAZ Institute project as the spokesperson of the German universities in the consortium, joined the celebration for the CAPAZ award. The university published a press release on its website in which CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at the JLU Giessen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, commented on the award: “We are very grateful to the BMBF for this support. We now face the challenge of bringing the concrete results of peace research to wider audiences and social debate. We will focus on young audiences in order to motivate them to participate in reflecting on the academic findings of the peace process through a variety of approaches”.

Read the press releaseFriedensprozess in Kolumbien: Instituto CAPAZ erhält BWD-Preis des BMBF für innovative Vermittlungskonzepte (in German)

The BMBF award

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of scientific and academic cooperation. Academia and science are the pillars of innovation, complex problem-solving and service to society, and in this context, findings from science and education contribute to sound policy decisions. In the international context, science and research overcome geographical limitations and cultural differences, enriching educational experiences and impacts on societies with a view to the future. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has set itself the task of promoting science diplomacy by awarding successful experiences in this field. It funds communication concepts that make science diplomacy visible and disseminate it to a wide audience in order to strengthen this recognition.

Watch the three promotional videos on the winning initiatives

Visit the official website of BMBF-driven science diplomacy: 

For more information visit @BMBF_Bund with labels: #BWDPreis #ScienceDiplomacy und #EducationDiplomacy

(NW: Claudia Maya. English: Tiziana Laudato)