Astronomy Awards of Greifswald

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Overview of Awards


The initiators for the Astronomy Awards of Greifswald, Germany are Prof. Johannes Conrads (1934-2005) and former President Dr. Tobias Röwf.


It all began with the request of Prof. Johannes Conrads to his family and acquaintances. He wanted them to make a donation to the charitable Observatory Greifswald e.V. after his death. The large donation for the society should be kept for eternity, so Dr. Tobias Röwf. Additionally, the original donation should be enlarged step by step by the society in order to build up the base capital which in turn will help to pay for future prize moneys.


You are cordially invited to make your donation, today - Thank you!


In order to promote astronomy, the total distributed prize money of the Greifswald Astronomy Awards has already reached an amount of € 5,165 (updated on Jan 20, 2024).


We want to thank all our members as well as friends & sponsors like the Volksbank Greifswald, the Travel agent "Reisebüro Go Atlantis" as well as the Peter Warschow Foundation Greifswald for their amazing financial support.



Manfred Schukowski Award

"Discover the Joy of Astronomy" (€ 1,000 - 1st Generation)


- Addresses pupils and classes in the Baltic Sea area.

- Honors Prof. Manfred Schukowski (1928 - ...) from Rostock, DE - For his great contributions towards astronomy lessons in the German school system, for decades and for his research on large European clocks.

- For works in either German or English that have been generated between Dec 01, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

- Current call until Friday June 30, 2023.

- Jury consists of members of Observatory Greifswald e.V..

- Awarding of the winner planned for the observatory's anniversary (July 12, 2022).



Johannes Conrads Award

"Towards New Horizons in Astronomy & Aerospace" - Sponsoring award (€ 2,000 - 2nd Generation).


- Addresses adults interested in astronomy, students, PhD students and Postdocs.

- In memoriam of Prof. Johannes Conrads (1934-2005, long-term member of association,

Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon for his ground-laying and reviving works in Greifswald - 2001).

- Current call until Tuesday October 31, 2023.

- For works in English that have been generated after January 01, 2022.

- Well-respected international jury from the Baltic Sea area.

- Awarding of the winner is typically scheduled for the association's annual meeting in January of the following year.



Mayer Röhl Award

"Remarkable Lifetime Achievements in Astronomy" (€ 555 - 3rd Generation)

We are looking for great donors who want to increase the prize money to € 3,000, as well.


- Highest award of the association Observatory Greifswald e.V..

- Honors the founders of astronomy in Greifswald over 250 years ago, i.e. Mayer & Röhl.

- Substantial proposals can always be submitted to the management board.

- Awarding of the winner is typically scheduled for the Autumn annual meeting of the astronomical institutions of German Federal Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


Provided professional and personal qualifications exist, prizes can be awarded only once - Prize awards can be omitted where applicable. Applicants must demonstrate how they contributed outstanding services to the goodwill of all mankind and nature, to towards international understanding and / or to peace on Earth. Recourse to legal processes are excluded, i.e. the jury decisions are final.

Your Donations are Welcome

Your donations towards the base capital

for the Manfred-Schukowski-Schülerpreis and its prize money (€ 300),

for the Johannes-Conrads-Förderpreis and its prize money (€ 500) as well as

for the Mayer-Röhl-Ehrenpreis and its prize money (€ 555)

are heartily welcome.


Our bank details: Greifswalder Sternwarte e.V.


IBAN: DE33 1309 1054 0014 8025 78




at Volksbank Vorpommern e.G., Greifswald, Germany.


Designated use:  "Your name + Address" ... in order to enable us to send you the contribution receipts automatically at the beginning of the new year. In case you want to be mentioned publicly as a donor then please add: "Yes - publish". Please, indicate any earmarked donations. Your regular bank statements will be sufficient as a simplified proof towards EU fiscal authorities, up to an amount of € 300.


Intended use of your donations

We are using all your donations, entrance and membership fees

for purposes as stated in the associations articles

which will be regularly checked for charitable status by the Finanzamt Greifswald (tax and revenue office).


Charitable status was confirmed for the last time, on March 18, 2021. We are looking back on a very successful tradition, since the inauguration of our association over 25 years ago, on July 29, 1992. We are getting legal tax advice from a renowned tax accountant of office in Greifswald. Additionally, we have two internal account auditors who are independent of the management board and they were elected by the association's annual meeting.


Administrating an association by the management board is under the strict terms of Vereinsregister [Register of associations] at Amtsgericht Stralsund [until May 30, 2018 at Amtsgericht Greifswald - Changes ex officio].