Recognizing Altruism and Innovation

Science has the power to change human lives for the better –  by providing more effective medicines and diagnostics, cleaner water, safer food, and much more. The Humanity in Science Award recognizes and rewards a recent scientific breakthrough that aims to have a real impact on humankind’s health and wellbeing.

The Humanity in Science Award is an international research prize that recognises and rewards scientific breakthroughs that can substantially benefit human lives. Applications from all fields and industries are welcome.

The Humanity in Science Award is presented by The Analytical Scientist in partnership with KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH. We are proud to be working together to recognize the altruistic impact that science can have on human lives. KNAUER manufactures liquid chromatography instruments for analytical and preparative HPLC, osmometer and high-end chromatography systems for SMB and FPLC. Together with scientists in the lab, KNAUER develops innovative and individual solutions. KNAUER strives to provide scientists with the best tools for their research tasks.

KNAUER is celebrating its 55th birthday this year and the winner of the Humanity in Science award will receive their prize at a special jubilee reception hosted by KNAUER in Berlin, Germany and attended by key industry leaders. KNAUER was founded in 1962 by Dr Herbert Knauer. Dr Knauer is renowned throughout the industry for his inventiveness and entrepreneurial spirit. Dr Knauer’s wife, and co-founder of KNAUER, Mrs Roswitha Knauer, will be presenting the award to the Humanity in Science award winner.

The source of KNAUERs success are numerous world’s firsts that have won more than 20 awards for innovation. KNAUER is an established partner in science and supports research and technological advancement.


You can nominate the work of someone else by writing a letter of recommendation that outlines why you believe the work is worthy of receiving the Award. Alternatively, you can nominate your own work – or more importantly that of your colleagues – by writing a 1000-word essay detailing the project and its humanitarian impact along with a letter of nomination from a respected and independent scientist. Initial evaluation of nominations will be performed by Rich Whitworth, Content Director, Texere Publishing. The Top 10 entries will be forwarded to an independent judging panel for selection of a winning project and three projects deserving of silver recognition. The winning group or individual will be awarded $25,000 in prize money.

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