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CommNet launches Impact Awards - recognising excellence in science communication

CommNet launches Impact Awards - recognising excellence in science communication

CommNet is today launching its Impact Awards for projects that have demonstrated excellence in communication of EU-funded research in the fields of food, agriculture and forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and biotechnology. 

These are the only awards in Europe to recognise the efforts that EU research projects make to communicate their work to stakeholders.

Awards are available in four categories:

  • Engaging citizens
  • Engaging industry
  • Engaging policy makers
  • Inspiring young people

Entries will be judged by a panel of CommNet partners and external expert judges. Shortlisted entries will be invited to present at the CommNet conference and awards ceremony in Brussels on 3rd December 2014 and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that evening.

Professor Judy Buttriss, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation, the CommNet partner leading on the awards said “We all, as European tax-payers, contribute to European research funding but all too often the results of important research projects are not widely communicated. Areas like food, agriculture and biotechnology affect all of us every day in terms of what we eat and the environment around us. The CommNet Impact Awards aim to reward projects that have really shown an impact through the communication of their work to different stakeholder groups

The Impact Awards are officially launched as CommNet attends the European Science Open Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark from 21-26 June. The deadline for applications is 19th September 2014.


For more information please contact:

Marie Murphy, British Nutrition Foundation (attending ESOF)
Bridget Benelam, British Nutrition Foundation +44 (0)20 7557 7930 



To enter the Impact Awards, projects must be funded under the EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7) within the KBBE research theme and be a member of the CommNet network. Projects who have not already joined can join the network, free of charge, making them eligible for a range of member benefits including free communications training, industry forums and webinars

CommNet is supported under the name CommFABnet by the EU within FP7 Grant agreement no 289699 and provides free communications and knowledge transfer to FP6 and FP7 projects in the KBBE areas of food, fisheries, agriculture and biotechnology. More information is available at The CommNet partners are, Minerva UK, British Nutrition Foundation, PRACSIS and ttz Bremerhaven.

CommNet partners will be attending ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen from 21-26 June, staging a range of communication presentations on Stand No 37 and two 90 minute Masterclasses at the Copenhagen Business School.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration
under grant agreement No 289699

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