Opus Primum sponsorship award

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The prize Opus Primum the Volkswagen Foundation (proper spelling Volkswagen Foundation ) is awarded annually for the best young scientists publication of the year since the 2011th The prize is endowed with 10,000 euros and will be presented together with the NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis .

Submission criteria

The annual award is given for a German-language publication of high scientific quality, written in an easily legible manner and also understandable to a broader audience. Publishers can participate with up to three new publications each, written by an author or a duo of authors; Self-applications are not possible. The authors should not be older than 35 years at the time of submission. The publication must not be an anthology, journal article or paper. Lexicons and guides are also not taken into account.

The submission deadline for the Opus Primum sponsorship award varies annually and is published on the Volkswagen Foundation's website.

Donors and prize money

The Volkswagen Foundation is the sponsor of the award. According to its own information, it is important to the science-promoting foundation to use this sponsorship award to strengthen the next generation of academics and to emphasize that science communication is a central task for German research.

The Opus Primum promotion prize is awarded together with the NDR Kultur non-fiction book prize. The prize money of 10,000 euros is intended for further training in the field of research, attending scientific conferences, or purchasing literature for research projects.


The jury will select the best newcomer publication of the year from all entries. Members of the 2019 jury are: Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation as chairman, Jutta von Campenhausen (science journalist and author), Claudia Christophersen (editorial office for culture magazines, NDR Kultur), Claudia Schnurmann , (professorship for North American, Caribbean and Atlantic History of Modern Times, Hamburg), Christian Schwägerl (science journalist and author), Caja Thimm (Professorship for Media Studies and Intermediality, Bonn), Christina Wessely, (Professorship for the Cultural History of Knowledge, Lüneburg)

Award winners

  • 2011: Robert Lorenz for his dissertation Protest der Physiker. The "Göttingen Declaration" of 1957 . Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2011, ISBN 978-3-8376-1852-5 .
  • 2012: Dirk Laabs for his presentation of the history of the Treuhand: The German Gold Rush: The true history of the Treuhand . Pantheon Verlag, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-570-55164-6 .
  • 2013: Daniel Stahl for his book Nazi Hunt. South America's dictatorships and the prosecution of Nazi crimes . Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2013, ISBN 978-3-8353-1112-1 .
  • 2014: Peter Hammerschmidt for his Klaus Barbie biography code name Adler - Klaus Barbie and the western secret services . S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2014, ISBN 978-3-10-029610-8 .
  • 2015: Susanne Muhle for her dissertation at the University of Münster . Assignment of kidnapping - kidnapping of West Berliners and German citizens by the GDR Ministry for State Security . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2015, ISBN 978-3-525-35116-1 .
  • 2016: Manuel Menrath for his book Mission Sitting Bull: The History of the Catholic Sioux . Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 2016, ISBN 978-3-506-78379-0 .
  • 2017: Andreas Cassee for his book Global Freedom of Movement. A philosophical plea for open borders . Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-518-29802-2 .
  • 2018: Mareike Vennen for her book Das Aquarium. Practices, techniques and media of knowledge production (1840–1910). Wallstein, Göttingen 2018, ISBN 978-3-8353-3252-2 .
  • 2019: Annika Hardt for the book Technology Assessment of the CRISPR / Cas-Systems. De Gruyter, Berlin 2019, ISBN 978-3-11-062447-2 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Jens Rehländer: Book Prize Opus Primum for non-fiction book on technology assessment of the CRISPR / Cas system. Volkswagen Foundation, press release from November 14, 2019 from the Science Information Service (idw-online.de), accessed on November 14, 2019.