The Five Winners of the Scholarships to Attend the Kavli Prizes Awarding In Norway (3-9 Sept. 2016)

The five winners of the scholarships to attend the Kavli Prize awarding in Norway (3-9 Sept. 2016) were announced on Friday, February 12th during a press conference at the AAAS meeting in Washington, DC. WFSJ congratulates the five winners and wishes them good luck with their trip and reporting on the price. 

rudez tanja 1Tanja Rudez’s (Croatia) first experience in science journalism was during the summer of 1987 when she was preparing her final thesis on high temperature superconductivity. During that time she started collaborating as a science journalist to the “University Newspaper”.  After a 6 year stint as a physics professor she decided to dedicate her career fully to the popularization of science.

Ms Rudez has been a science journalist for almost 30 years with different media outlets. The last 18 years she has filled this position at Jutarnji, Croatia’s leading daily newspaper. During her career she has written numerous articles and features covering nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics. She is also the author of two popular science books.

Attending the Kavli prize awarding in Norway would be a great opportunity to improve her knowledge in neuroscience, astrophysics and nanoscience and to share it with Croatian readers in the form of feature articles and interviews with the 2016 Kavli Prize laureates.

Ms Rudez won the first European Science Writer of the Year award (2015). The award constituted great recognition of her hard work over the years, as she tirelessly reported on developments in local and global science and research policy.

MartinMartin De Ambrosio (Argentina) is a science journalist, author and writer since 2000. He is currently working on a radio show in Buenos Aires, as well as a freelancer for La Nación and La Capital newspapers, SciDev.Net and other media outlets. He has written and published at least a dozen books about science with the sole objective to try and communicate the wonderful world of science as well as news in different fields of the frontiers of knowledge.

Mr De Ambrosio is currently the Vice-President of the Argentinean Network of Science Journalists, which implies meeting through workshops and seminars with scientists and science journalists from all over the 23 provinces in the country.

He seeks to “translate” scientific findings into articles accessible for a general audience and to provide tools and resources to researchers in order to facilitate the dissemination of their work.

Attending the Kavli Prize awarding is an opportunity for Mr. De Ambrosio for writing a story on the event for La Nación newspaper, to prepare a big story for a radio show, giving a lecture to the fellow members of the Argentinean Science Journalism Network and writing on the experience for SciDev.Net’s blog.

Adjo Doubidji (Togo) is a science journalist based in Lomé and the Head of publications for the general news site and a correspondent for the newspaper ‘L’Autre Regard’.

She is a laureate of the Thomson Reuters Foundation for her coverage of the #COP21 in Paris in December 2015. She is a member of several associations that focus on science and the environment as well as the Togo based civil society network against corruption.

Participating in the Kavli Prize awarding would be an occasion for Ms Doubidji to meet, exchange and interview the laureates in nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics. It would be a « great opportunity to understand the many different levels of this vast science and technology sector that could help narrow the gap between rich and poor. »

Attending the awarding in Oslo will allow Ms Doubidji to write on scientific topics that are not yet well-known in Togo. Her articles will be beneficial for her newspaper’s readers, Togolese journalists and the public at large.

Dinsa31Dinsa Sachan (India) is a freelance science journalist based in India who is currently a contributor to various national and international publications, such as Nature, Science Online, Discover, Scientific American Mind, The Lancet, etc.

The Kavli Prize ceremony is of interest to Ms Sachan because one of the award categories is neuroscience—one of her favourite topics in journalism. She has written in-depth features about the neuroscience of attraction, gossip, appetite, music. A recent piece explored how neuroscience is helping shape disaster management policy.

Ms Sachan will use the opportunity to attend the Kavli Prize to further her mission to show the human side of science and by looking for dynamic neuroscientists whom she can profile. She plans to interview the nominees and the winners for Brain World, a magazine published by the International Brain Education Organization. She will also live report the event for Down to Earth magazine’s Website.

Kamcilla PillayKamcilla Pillay (South Africa) “You need only take one look at the night sky to feel like a tiny speck in the universe. For some, stars possess almost magical supernatural qualities; they are gateways to the heavens.” Like many, Ms Pillay’s interest in the cosmos and astrophysics began by the simple act of looking up.

It is also what prompted her to take a deeper look, leading her to the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Astronomy and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU). Ms Pillay’s experience encouraged her to think that through using her newspaper as a vehicle she could help educate the readers on what was so much more than just stars.

Ms Kamcilla Pillay feels that as a developing country, which will also be part of this ground-breaking project, South Africans need to understand the role they could potentially play in it.

Attending the Kavli Prize awarding will help show to South Africans how interesting the field of astrophysics is as well as its importance at an international level.

Fred Kavli himself was a huge proponent of education; in a country where the price of tertiary education continues to skyrocket, why not make newspapers, and the media at large, tools to educate?


Porträt -- GoedeWolfgang Goede is a senior science journalist with more than 30 years of experience, as an editor for Germany’s leading popular science magazine P.M., with international editions and outlets. He has written about a wide array of topics in science.

He is a co-founder of the World Federation of Science Journalists and has attended all the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) as a speaker, an organizer or as contributor to sessions. He is currently the WFSJ’s Secretary of the Executive Board.

Mr. Goede is also a long-time board member of the German Association of Science Writers TELI and is currently its vice-chairman. He was TELI’s delegate to the European Union of Science Journalists’ Association (EUSJA) before being elected EUSJA’s Honorary Secretary (2012). He organized at ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen a science debate on nanotechnology, which resulted in the Copenhagen Declaration that had an impact on EU policy.

Miriam Shuchman_photoMiriam Shuchman is a physician and a journalist, a former national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine who now writes features on medical science, bioethics and global health for the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Lancet, Nature Medicine, and other outlets.

Ms Shuchman is also an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto where her work includes teaching psychiatry in Ethiopia.

Stephen StraussStephen Strauss was a long time science writer for over 20 years with The Globe and Mail and afterwards wrote a science blog for the CBC’s website. He has won 6 Canadian Science Writer’s Science In Society Awards, was the first winner of the Connaught Medal for Medical Reporting and in 2007 won the UBC Graduate School of Journalism’s Prize for Internet Science Journalism and then the Barry Lando Prize for Best Science Journalism overall  in print, broadcasting and on the Internet.

Mr. Strauss has authored several book chapters and five books – one of which was a children’s book on measurement written all in rhyme. In 2007-2008 he was writer-in-residence at McMaster University’s Arts and Science Program. He has won two CIHR journalism grant awards.

Stephen Strauss has written for the Ontario Government, The Canadian Foundation for Innovation, The Walrus, Technology Review, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, New Scientist, The Canadian Medical Association Journal, EnRoute, Readers’ Digest and numerous others.


Be one of up to 5 journalists to win a scholarship and get the opportunity to attend the Kavli Prize. Meet and exchange with the winners of the Kavli Prize awarded in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

Take part in all the events during the Kavli Prize week in Oslo, 3 – 9 September 2016. Get front row seats at the Award ceremony in presence of HM King Harald V. The scientific program will include the laureates’ lectures as well as popular science lectures by some of the world’s leading science communicators.

The scholarships cover the costs of transportation from your own country and your stay in Oslo.

The winning journalists will be invited to the Award Ceremony followed by a Banquet, The Kavli Prize Laureate Lectures and the Kavli Prize Symposia. There might also be Kavli Prize Events outside Oslo. The journalists will have the opportunity to interview the laureates.



The competition will be open to science journalists from all over the world.


  • The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) oversees the competition and is solely responsible for the selection of the winning journalists.
  • The jury, a sub-committee of the WFSJ-Board, will select the five journalists on the basis of submitted work.
  • Candidates are asked to submit three (3) articles or audio or video productions on astrophysics, nanoscience or neuroscience in the language of origin, and a one-page essay in English describing why they should be selected and what they will do if they win the competition.


  • The WFSJ will manage the travel arrangements of the participants. The conference registration fees will be waived for these journalists.
  • The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will cover accommodation for the journalists and provide necessary support documents for their visa application if applicable.
  • If any of the journalists want to attend Kavli Prize Events outside Oslo, the scholarship should cover the travel costs, while the Academy will cover accommodation.


To apply, you should send an email to The title of the email message should include: Kavli Prize Competition/WFSJ.

Please send us:

  • 3 recent articles or audio/video productions on astrophysics, nanoscience or neuroscience in the language of origin
  • One essay in English describing why you should be selected and what will you do if you win the competitio
  • Your CV
  • Your full coordinates (full name, address, email and telephone numbers)
  • Identification pages of your passport

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 15 JANUARY 2016. The winners will be announced at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in February (11-15).


If you need more information contact us via or visit the Kavli Prize website.


The scholarships to attend the Kavli Prize are funded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Norwegian Academy


The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The Prize consists of USD 1,000,000 in each of the scientific fields. In addition to the prize money the laureates receive a scroll and a gold medal. Learn more about the prize and its history here.


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