European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards 2016

The Call for TV programmes and Media productions is now Open

The organizers of the Festival are pleased to announce the Call for TV programmes or New Media productions for the 2016 European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards. The range of categories is similar to that in 2015, with eight included in this Call (including all the TV and New Media genres and Science in Society categories) and three later for reasons explained with the category description below. The festival and awards will again be in Lisbon, Portugal, November 2016.

The deadline for entries in all the eight categories except interactive New Media is Friday 3 June 2016. All entries must include a filled-in entry form and (apart from interactive video) a DVD.

Entry Criteria and Background

There are four TV and New Media categories, with a prize in each, plus three further categories and prizes as described below, reflecting “Science in society” issues. There also four further categories focusing on young people and the wider educational and scientific community.

A production can be eligible in more than one category; these may be designated either by the entrant or the organizers. The “genre” categories are:

The Best European Production involving Science in the following four genres:

  • TV Documentary
  • TV Drama and Docu-drama
  • TV General programmes like magazines or current affairs (an item or a complete programme)
  • Informational or promotional Video and Productions for the Web or Science Centres/Museums

The four so-called “Science in Society” areas are:

  • The Environment
  • Medical Research
  • Women in Science
  • The best interactive new media production voted by the festival audience (excluding the professional jury or the programme-makers involved). The deadline for this category is 30 September 2016.

And three categories focused on young people and the wider educational and scientific community

  • The Young Jury Prize for best Science TV Documentary, voted on by young people in many countries across Europe  (programme selection later from entrants to the festival in this category)
  • The best one minute science based video edited from footage shot on a mobile phone from a teenager. Deadline for submission 30 September 2016.
  • The best production promoting an individual branch of science or technology. The subject area for 2016 is still under discussion and will be announced separately, together with its deadline..

There will also be dialogue created on Facebook and Twitter in relation to issues in the films and in the festival discussion. This will be flagged in advance and continue during the festival.


Programmes and productions will be eligible if they were first broadcast or released in 2014 or later up to the end of April 2016. A production first broadcast or released before 1 January 2014 may be accepted if the producers or broadcaster are new to the festival and only became aware of it recently. This will be at the discretion of the organizers. They must also have been produced for first transmission or release (or shared first) in Europe, and not have been entered for a previous edition of this festival (other than through an error of transmission date). There needs to be a significant science or technology content in any entry, which may also be the stories of individual scientists or engineers and their lives.

If you are not sure if a programme or production would qualify, please feel free to discuss any such questions with the organizers’ London office at EuroPAWS, ( or tel: +44 20 7483 4545). Contact person: Andrew Millington, the Festival Director. In the final analysis, the selection decision of the organizers will be final.

An entry form can be obtained here (in pdf) or via EuroPAWS website (in Word) or by mailing

The Festival and Awards 2016 is organized jointly by EuroScience, EuroPAWS and Ciencia Viva, Lisbon .

Lisbon City is an associate organizer of the event.