As a remembrance to Bielefeld's grand sociologist Niklas Luhmann Bielefeld Science Award has been awarded every two years by Sparkasse Bielefeld Foundation in close cooperation with Bielefeld University and the City of Bielefeld since 2004. The award honors outstanding (inter-)national researchers from arts and humanities, social and life sciences and comes with a grant of 25,000 Euro.
Chaired by the rector of Bielefeld University a selection committee of well-respected persons is responsible for the selection of the laureate.
Bielefeld Science Award 2020 goes to Professor Bettina Schöne-Seifert. The awarding ceremony will take place at Bielefeld University on 30 Novemver 2021 and most probably be a hybrid event. The laudatio will be held by Professor Claudia Wiesemann, head of the Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Goettingen University Medical Center.