A jury of independent experts appointed by idw select as prize winners the three contributions they consider the best from all of the entries submitted on time and in the proper form. A new jury is selected each year.
Jurors from previous years included mathematician Prof. Günter Ziegler, biologist Prof. Jürgen Tautz, physicist Prof. Metin Tolan, biopsychologist Prof. Onur Güntürkün, physicaian Prof. Boris Zernikow, conflict researcher Prof. Andreas Zick and geologist Dr. Stefan Kröpelin, all of them scientists with extensive media experience and winners of the DFG Communicator Award; as well as journalists such as Christoph Koch (Stern), Dr. Norbert Lossau (Die Welt), Joachim Müller-Jung (FAZ), Dr. Jeanne Rubner (Bayrischer Rundfunk) and Dr. Tanjev Schultz (Süddeutsche Zeitung); and one member of the idw Borad of Directors, either Marco Finetti (press spokesman of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, German Research Foundation) or Magdalena Schaeffer (DFG press officer), plus idw staff member and journalist Patrick Bierther.
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