GAIA Best Paper Award 

With its Best Paper Award, GAIA's Editorial Board honours the best article(s) of the year. The article(s) are selected for their excellence and/or relevance, which are important criteria in sustainability research.

The winner is selected from articles published in GAIA, in the sections Forum and Research. Based on a shortlist drawn up by the Editorial Board, the winner is nominated by a reasoned vote of the members of GAIA’s Scientific Advisory Board.

All Best Papers can be accessed free of charge.

Award Winner 2019 

Gregor Hagedorn and colleagues – representing the Scientists for Future – are the winners of the GAIA Best Paper Award 2019. They will receive the award for their article The concerns of the young protesters are justified: A statement by Scientists for Future concerning the protests for more climate protection. Taking seriously the public demand that science should make an active contribution to solving social problems, Hagedorn et al. concisely summarize sound knowledge about the global
challenge of climate change, explain convincingly why scientific research supports the demands of the Fridays for Future movement, and critically reflect on the role of science between neutrality and commitment.
The awarded article is also GAIA’s most popular article 2019 with the highest number of full-text downloads.
The award will be presented at the GAIA Annual Meeting in Zurich on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

In addition, GAIA’s Editorial Board gave an honourable mention to:

Award Winner 2018 

Award Winner 2017 

Wolfgang Krohn, Armin Grunwald and Martina Ukowitz are the winners of the GAIA Best Paper Award 2017:

In addition, GAIA’s Editorial Board gave an honorable mention to:

Award Winner 2016 

Christoph Görg is the winner of the GAIA Best Paper Award 2016:

In addition, GAIA’s Editorial Board gave an honorable mention to:

Award Winner 2015 

Lena Partzsch is the winner of the GAIA Best Paper Award 2015:

GAIA’s Editorial Board additionally shortlisted:

Award Winner 2014 

Jens Soentgen and Helena Bilandzic are the winners of the GAIA Best Paper Award 2014:

GAIA's Editorial Board also shortlisted:

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