This year, the "Communicator Award - Science Award of the Donors' Association" will be awarded to Friedemann Schrenk. The Professor of Evolutionary Biology from Frankfurt University has been awarded this distinction in recognition of his outstanding achievements in communicating his scientific work to the general public. The award, which carries prize money of 50,000 euros, will be presented by the presidents of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany (Stifterverband fr die Deutsche Wissenschaft) at an award ceremony to be held on 18 July 2006, during this year's 'Summer of Science' in Munich.
The Communicator Award was created in close co-operation between the DFG and the Donors' Association and will be awarded for the seventh time this year. It is awarded to recognise scientists who have made sustained and exceptional efforts to communicate their work to the general public. An award panel consisting of science journalists as well as communications and PR experts evaluates the nominations in terms of their relevance, target group, originality and sustained effort. This year, 44 nominations from various disciplines were received, ten of which were short-listed. From this shortlist the award panel selected Friedemann Schrenk as the winner of the 2006 Communicator Award.
Friedemann Schrenk was born in Stuttgart in 1956 and studied geology, zoology and palaeontology at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. After receiving his doctorate from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main in 1987 he joined the Centre for Morphology at Frankfurt University Hospital as a research scientist, before holding a Chair at the Department of Systematic
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