Science & Media Awards

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards in association with Jackson Wild

The SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival is postponed from June 2020 to 14.10. until 18.10.2020.

The epidemic spread of COVID-19, the "corona virus", leads to drastic but necessary restrictions - this also applies to SILBERSALZ. After consultation with our initiators and partners we have decided to postpone SILBERSALZ 2020.

In view of the current exceptional situation, the health of our visitors*, speakers* and the team and a containment of the infection is our top priority. The public program in the city of Halle (Saale), the conference in the Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences and the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Award in association with Jackson Wild will therefore take place in October 2020.

Our hope remains to be able to offer a preview of the festival in October and a science-communication platform for current topics in Halle (Saale) at the original date of 25.6. to 28.6.2020 with a reduced exhibition and lecture programme. We are in close contact with the relevant partners, institutions and the city of Halle.

Submission dates are changing to 5 March - 31 July 2020.

Science provides a creative platform to expand our understanding of the world around us and changes the way we see and experience our world. 

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards recognizes and celebrates the achievements of those who are working to solve many of today's challenges, of those who fascinate and inspire audiences worldwide through their stories, of those who encourage the next generation to engage with STEM subjects through global outreach, and of individuals promoting science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around global issues.

What are we looking for?

Introducing 10 new categories, we are looking for original, creative stories dealing with a range of scientific disciplines, including natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine. 

Stories portraying real-time adventures, latest advancements and discoveries, future scenarios and global solutions to challenging issues, celebrating human endeavour  - and effectively encouraging individuals to engage with scientific and geopolitical debates through fascinating stories.

Submissions from all countries are welcomed. Submissions open 5 March - 31 July 2020.

Awards & Prizes

All submissions received by the entry deadline will be reviewed by a Preliminary Jury for each category, and nominated for consideration by the Final Jury, comprised of science and media professionals selected from a range of disciplines and countries, balanced in age, gender and experience.

In October, the prizewinners will be celebrated in a public award ceremony in Halle (Saale), Germany, which kicks off the 4-day SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival - where the public and industry will then get the chance to encounter the awarded works.

The prizewinners will receive a Trophy, laurel and certificate for their participation, screen/exhibit their works during the festival, as well as attending our Industry Conference for networking with industry professionals.

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Awards - Open for Submissions (Start 5. March 2020):

Best International Documentary Feature

Outstanding factual programs across social and natural sciences reflecting an inquisitive spirit and maverick approach in exploring the world. (> 40 min)

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Best European Documentary Feature

Recognizing the creativity and innovation in science storytelling, aiming to reward original productions coming from Europe. (> 40 min)

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Best International Factual Series 

Awarded to a limited or ongoing factual episodic program that fascinates audiences and engages with issues, through a strong and interconnected narrative. (> 20 min)

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Inspiring Change Award

Awarded to a program that aims to create awareness regarding current issues that our society faces, inspires activism, compassion and mutual understanding between communities for a sustainable future. 

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Young Audience Award

Awarded to a program that most effectively introduces children to complex scientific concepts to inspire curiosity and engagement. (> 12 years and older) 

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Immersive Science

Bridging art and science, it is awarded to a program or installation, successfully integrating new storytelling methods and technologies including VR/AR programs and games.​

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Theme Award

"Homeland Earth” is awarded to a program that best captures the environmental issues relevant to our times and inspires advocacy in response. (Evolving year to year with the festival´s annual editorial line)

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Special Awards - By Nomination:

New Visions Award

Acknowledging a science ambassador´s commitment to render scientific discoveries accessible to a wider audience and engage them in public debates through creative, courageous and effective ways.

Life Achievement Award

Recognizing individuals whose lifetime work has contributed significantly to enhancing the fields of science, society and/or media.

Local Innovation Award

Awarded to a film, project, organization or personality coming from Sachsen-Anhalt.