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Welcome to the International Peace and
Ecology Science Prize

 

In February 2024 the call for the second International Science Prize 2024 was issued globally:

Theme: Ecocide: Impacts of Wars and/or Climate Change on Food Security Since 1945 (when the Anthropocene started.

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2024

On 1 May 2024 a modified call was launched replacing the initial call:

According to the Modified Call of 1 May 2024 the Global Jury will accept three alternatives:

  • Ecocide: Impacts of Wars and/or Climate Change on Food Security since 1945 (original call of October 2023).

The Jury accepts (since 1 May 2024): in addition these two alternatives

  • Ecocide: focusing on the political and legal concept;
  • Impacts of Wars and/or Climate Change on Food Security since 1945.

The foundation accepts until the deadline of 31 May 2024

  • Applications by scholars with a PhD globally from any university 
  • Nominations by scholars (professors) and heads of departments and institutes

and in addition since 1 May 2024

  • by publishers who have published scientific books in English since 2020-2024 on both themes;
  • and by PhD Committees globally who have accepted and passed PhD dissertations that have not yet been published.

In addition to the International Science Prize the Global Jury of the HGBS ISP 2024 may award again:

  • 1 to 3 International Recognitions for unpublished manuscripts;

The Ecocide concept

Conditions:

  • single-authored Book published in English since 1 January 2000:
  • unpublished single-authored English manuscript of a PhD (an advanced PhD or habilition theses) accepted by a major university
  • one International Science Prize with a prize money of 3,000€
  • one to three international recognitions with the award of a commitment for a publication agreement by Springer Nature in the APESS Series with a honorarium between between 900, 1200 and 1500 € after publication of the manuscript as a book.

Award: The second International Science Prize 2024 will be awarded on 10 October 2024 in the Hall of the Town Council in Mosbach in Baden Württemberg in South Germany.

Starting in 14 July 2023, an international science prize will annually be awarded by the Hans Günter Brauch Foundation (HGBF) for Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene in Mosbach, Baden-Württemberg in South Germany that combines:

Theme of the second international Science Prize 2024
on Peace and Ecology:
“Ecocide: Impacts of Wars and/or Climate Change
on Food Security Since 1945”

The second ISP 2024 was slightly modified
on 1 May 2024 (see above).

The second International Science Prize of the HGB Foundation will be awarded on 10 October 2024 in Mosbach Germany to an innovative and promising scholar (postdoctoral fellow, professor) from all parts of the world with a special focus on the global South.

The work by the applicant must be innovative, single authored and in English. This work may be both an unpublished scientific manuscript or may have been published as a peer reviewed monographThe HGBS Science Prize comprises of a certificate, a financial award of 3.000 € for. The prize recipient is expected to give an acceptance speech presenting the approach and its key innovative ideas and results of this work.

More Information on the International Science Prize 2024 (ISP 2024) you find here:

  • Peace and Ecology as two distinct research programmes in the social sciences that evolved since the 1950s and 1970s and that have coexisted without a joint research perspective.
  • Peace Research emerged between World War I and World War II in the idealist or Kantian tradition of international relations that offered critiques of the new realist tradition in international law and politics that prevailed after World War II.
  • Peace Research started in North America and Scandinavia and spread in the 1970s to other parts of the world after the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) had been established in 1964.
  • The “ecology concept” was coined in the 1860s by Ernst Häckel, a German biologist. Since World War II the concept widened as “deep ecology”, “human ecology”, “political ecology”, “social ecology”, “geoecology” and “ecofeminism”.
  • In political science and international relations ecological perspectives, environmental studies started since the 1960s and research on global environmental change followed in the 1980s.
  • Peace Research and Environmental Studies have coexisted as two research programmes with little conceptual, theoretical and empirical interchange.
  • Paul J. Crutzen, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, coined the Anthropocene in February 2000 as a New Epoch in Earth’s History.
  • The Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) proposed in 2019 as its start the years 1945 (first nuclear weapon test in Alomogordo) and 1950 (great acceleration started).
  • In early March 2024 other bodies of the global geological community have not accepted this proposal. However, this decision will not affect the use of the Anthropocene concept by other disciplines.
Goal of the HGB Foundation

The Hans Günter Brauch Foundation (HGBF) on Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene (PEA) was established on 8 May 2020 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and of the liberation from Fascism to combine a joint peace research and ecology perspective on the new challenges facing humankind’s survival in the Anthropocene.

Combining Science and Education

The HGBF on Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene supports globally scientific research and locally education in secondary schools in the county where the founder was born and has lived. The HGBF funds local educational prizes for grammar or high school students and globally this international science prize. Both Prizes will be awarded jointly to enhance the exchange of scientific results to secondary schools and the cooperation between scientists and pupils.

Research Areas for the Science Prize on Peace and Ecology

Between peace and security issues on the one hand and environment and sustainable development problems on the other, various relationships and linkages have been addressed in the social science literature since the 1960s in the Anthropocene Epoch:

  • early conceptual debate on linkages between peace and the environment (since 1980s);
  • conceptual díscussion on environmental and ecological security (since 1989);
  • research on the impacts of weapons and wars on the environment (Westing et al.);
  • impact of environmental degradation and stress on environmental conflict (Baechler, Homer-Dixon);
  • environmental peace-making (Conca) and role of the environment in post-conflict peacebuilding;
  • emerging discourse and policy debate on climate change and conflicts (since 1989);
  • early approaches to peace ecology and their shortcomings (Kyrou, Amster, Oswald/Brauch and Brauch 2021).
  • theoretical and empirical work on sustainability transition, transformation of the economy, society and political realm and climate neutrality.

These manifold research themes have not yet resulted in a peace ecology research programme in the Anthropocene Epoch.

Theme of the first international Science Prize on Peace and Ecology in 2023:
“Climate Change and Conflicts”

The first International Science Prize of the HGB Foundation was awarded on 14 July 2023 in Mosbach Germany to Prof. Dr. Tobias Ide who teaches at Murduch University in Perth (Australia), at Hiroshima University in Hiroshima (Japan).

The work by the applicant must be innovative, single authored and in English. This work may be both an unpublished scientific manuscript or may have been published as a peer reviewed monograph, journal article or book chapter since January 2020.

The HGBS Science Prize comprises a certificate, a financial award of 3.000 € for, a visit to the award ceremony in Mosbach. The prize recipient is expected to give an acceptance speech presenting the approach and its key innovative ideas and results of this work.

The prize may also be divided among up to three scholars from different parts of the world. Depending on global health and political circumstances an online award is possible or both.

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