The Hubert Curien Award

The Hubert Curien Award

The Hubert Curien Award


In 1993, Hubert Curien, the Founding President of Eurisy, painted the visionary picture of a new generation of cross-sector scientists who would “go beyond their own specialisation” and “aim to encompass the whole complexity of human, cultural, environmental systems in which society evolves”, in order to “provide decision-makers as well as citizens with the indispensable elements for big society choices”.  
The biennial Hubert Curien Award recognises outstanding efforts to help society benefit from space. Since its inception in 2003, Eurisy confers in 2016 the 7th edition of the Hubert Curien Award.


All individuals, teams or institutions with proven merits in bridging space and society are eligible to be nominated by Eurisy members.

2016 Laureate

The laureate for the 2016 Hubert Curien Award is Summer School Alpbach!

In 2016 the Alpbach Summer School is at its 40th edition, having trained 2,400 participants in its 40 years of existence.2016HCA

The Summer School has been established as a unique institution to:

  • promote space as an exciting and challenging enterprise;
  • encourage international, multi-disciplinary, team exchanges;
  • balancing scientific and functional objectives and requirements with the realistic constraints of mission-design, spacecraft-design, and mission cost;
  • forging long-term friendships that might eventually evolve into professional collaborations later in life;

The Summer School is organised by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of FFG and co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the national space authorities of its member and cooperating states. A traditional partner is the International Space Science Institute (ISSI). It is also supported by Austrospace, the association of Austrian space industries and research institutions.

This year's topic "Satellite Observations of the Global Water Cycle" is again at the heart of helping society to benefit from space.

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The award has been handed over by Eurisy president D. Tilmans during the opening ceremony  of the 40th edition of the Summer School on 12 July in Alpbach, Austria,  in the presence of ESA DG Jan Woerner and Chair of the DLR Executive Board Pascale Ehrenfreund.

Jury Members

The distinguished members of the2016 edition's Jury include: 

Roberto Battiston, President, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) 
Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General, DG Grow, European Commission (EC) 
Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) 
Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair Executive Board, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) 
Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) 
Alain Ratier, Director General, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) 
Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA) 

Previous Laureates

Chris Austin Hadfield (2014)

International Space University (ISU) (2012)

ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne (2010)

Prof Roger-Maurice Bonnet (2008)

Dr Sergio Camacho-Lara (2006)

Dr Gabriel Lafferranderie (2004)