SNSB receive idw Prize for Science Communication
The Science Information Service (idw) has awarded the press office of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB) the idw Prize for Science Communication. The SNSB took 3rd place for their press release on the rediscovery of the Voeltzkow chameleon in Madagascar on October 30, 2020. The prize is endowed with 500 €. Due to the pandemic, the award ceremony took place virtually on 6th of May 2021.
The award-winning SNSB press release “Short-lived and very colorful: Lost chameleon rediscovered after more than 100 years” received a lot of attention in many media – from print to online to television. She reports on the rediscovery of the lost chameleon Furcifer voeltzkowi after more than 100 years in Madagascar. Dr. Frank Glaw, curator for reptiles and amphibians at the Bavarian State Collection for Zoology (SNSB-ZSM) discovered the colorful reptile on an expedition and published his discovery in the scientific journal Salamandra. Jury member Magdalena Schaeffer, advisor for press and public relations at the DFG and idw board member, nominated the press release and praised in particular “the excellent technical implementation of the topic”.
“We are very happy about this great recognition of our press work. Our work benefits greatly from the good and close exchange with our committed scientists. We help them to make their exciting research visible to the public” says Dr. Eva-Maria Natzer, Scientific Director of the SNSB, on the award, endowed with 500 €.
The Science Information Service (idw) awards three press offices the idw Prize for Science Communication every year. The award recognizes press releases published in idw that are “of high technical professionalism, have outstanding news value and are scientifically relevant”.
SNSB press release “Short-lived and very colorful: Lost chameleon rediscovered after more than 100 years”: https://idw-online.de/de/news756785
Further informations on idw Prize for Science Communication:
Dr. Eva-Maria Natzer, Scientific Director of the SNSB
Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB)
Menzinger Str. 67, 80638 Munich
Tel.: +49 (0)89 17861 122