Founded in 2000, the Foundation for Scientific Symbiosis aims to support innovative
transdisciplinary scientific research and its applications to enhance sustainable
development. To reach these goals the Foundation will support awards and communicate
the outcomes to a broader public.
Insights from different scientific disciplines alone will not allow us find solutions
for sustainable development. A transdisciplinary approach is needed where not only
scientists of different disciplines work together, but also that scientists are transdisciplinary
themselves. Furthermore, science alone is not sufficient and collaboration with practitioners
In collaboration with the international journal Ecology and Society we organize each
year two awards.
1. The Best Paper of Ecology and Society Award is given to the most innovative transdisciplinary
publication in Ecology and Society published during the previous year, as elected
by the board of editors of the journal.
2. The Science and Practice of Ecology and Society Award is intended for exemplar
practitioners using transdisciplinary science in practice.
We support innovative transdisciplinary research and practices in ecology and society
around the world.