Friday, 5 June, 2020 at 12:00 (Spanish mainland time)





2nd Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication

The Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication recognizes the work of professionals and organizations in any country that have contributed exceptionally to improving public understanding and awareness of ecological issues, through the dissemination of scientific knowledge and by opening up new perspectives on nature from any disciplinary angle.

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The name of the award alludes to the “Biophilia hypothesis” proposed by naturalist Edward O. Wilson (2010 Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Ecology and Conservation Biology), denoting the deep connection that we as humans instinctively feel with nature and all forms of life.

Effective solutions to today’s environmental problems can only be achieved by mobilizing ecological knowledge and awareness on a plan­etary scale, and this, in turn, calls for communi­cation on environmental issues that is at once engaging and well-grounded. It is from this con­viction that the Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication was launched in 2019, to reward best practices in this field based on sci­entific knowledge, while at the same time finding room for other perspectives (among them, those contributed by literature, aesthetics and ethics).

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Climate Change
  • Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Communication

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

The award decision will be made public no later than 5 October, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Candidates can be natural or legal persons of any nationality working in environmental communication.
  • Candidatures may be direct, submitted by the interested parties, or indirect, with other natu­ral or legal persons presenting letters of nomina­tion.
  • The call is open to both individual and joint candidatures comprising two or more natural or legal persons that have engaged collaboratively in tasks of environmental communication and dissemination.
  • The award recognizes achievements in environmental communication on the value of understanding and conserving nature and the challenge posed by climate change that unite a broad, preferably global impact and a particulary innovative and transformative approach.

Opportunity Cost

(Award/ Prize)

  • A single award of 100,000 euros, a diploma and a commemorative artwork
  • The award will be subject to the withholding and other taxes stipulated in current legislation, which will be deducted from its monetary amount.
  • The BBVA Foundation will deliver the award in full to the winner or winners at a public ceremony convened for this purpose.

How to Apply

First Step:

 Download the form for direct candidatures from here.

Download the form for indirect candidatures from here.

Download the form for Personal data protection from here.

Second Step:

Prepare the following documentation:

  1. A duly completed entry form, signed by the person(s) presenting the candidature (downloaded from the BBVA Foundation website).
  2. A description of the communication and dis­semination activities (max. five A4 pages).
  3. In the case of natural persons, a copy of the candidate(s)’ CV.
  4. Copy of or link to the communication and dissemination activities of most signifi­cance and impact (up to a maximum of five). Where relevant, candidates are urged to provide some indication of the audience figures reached.
  5. Copy of letters of nomination or (as the case may be) letters of support, up to a maximum of five.

Third Step:

Letters of nomination or support should be sent directly by their signatories to

Fourth Step:

 Fill the form then send by


  • Letters of nomination and letters of support should come from experts or organizations working in nature conservation, the protec­tion of the environment or environmental communication, among them:
    1. Representatives and/or members of pub­lic institutions and authorities with com­petencies in nature conservation, climate change and environmental communica­tion.
    2. Representatives and/or members of associations of media professionals.
    3. Scientists and/or experts of acknowl­edged repute in the areas of communica­tion and the environmental sciences.
    4. National and international conservation­ist organizations.
  • All documentation must be presented in English, with the exception of the materials substantiat­ing the communication or dissemination activ­ity, which may be submitted in other languages, accompanied by a short summary in English.
  • Any materials that cannot be attached or elec­tronically identified should be sent by postal mail, with the name of the candidature clearly stated, to the following address:

Fundación BBVA
Paseo de Recoletos, 10
28001 Madrid, Spain

  • If the submission contains errors that can be corrected, the BBVA Foundation will inform the candidate or nominator to this effect, granting a non-extendible period of 15 calendar days as of this notification in which to rectify the informa­tion, so the entry may be accepted for consider­ation.
  • No candidate in this call may also submit an entry in the 15th edition of the Biodiversity Conservation Awards.

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Know more about this opportunity:

Official Website

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This Scholarship Published by:
Arwa Osama/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Mohamed Sayed/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships Team