Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental prizes. Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.

The span of disciplines and activities for which nominations can be made is wide and includes all disciplines which have relevance to the environment. The research of nominees should be based on scientific grounds but must clearly show impacts outside of the specific discipline.

Nominations must include the following:

  • A short letter of motivation
  • A detailed description of the research the nominee has conducted and how it adds to our knowledge around environmental science. Main achievements and their importance should be emphasized. Emphasis must also be placed on the impacts of the research outside of the particular discipline e.g. impacts on policy development, impacts on sustainability and/or contribution to changed behaviour.
  • CV of the nominee + list of published paper(s). Links if available.
  • Maximum three (3) letters of reference.
  • Nominations should be submitted in English using the official form available at
  • When submitting nominations for a group of named individuals please send one nomination for each person (maximum 3 persons) and specify in the description of achievements that the nomination is for a shared prize.
  • A nomination remains valid for three years.
  • Please note that self-nominations are not accepted.

More information
Nomination guidelines
Nomination form

Deadline: January 10th, 2021

Past IOF winners

Dr. Rashid Sumaila (2017)
Dr. Daniel Pauly and Dr. Carl Walters (2006)