Prof. Dr. Frithjof Voss Foundation — Foundation for Geography at Berlin

The Foundation

Sin­ce it was estab­lished in 2000, the foun­da­ti­on has pro­mo­ted geo­gra­phi­cal rese­arch and geo­gra­phy as a school sub­ject. It aims to pre­sent the prac­ti­cal value of geo­gra­phy to a wider public, in line with modern geo­gra­phy, which addres­ses pres­sing socie­tal pro­blems.

After the sud­den death (in 2004) of  Pro­fes­sor Voss, Pro­fes­sor Dr. Dr. h.c. Gün­ter Hein­ritz, the first Pre­si­dent of the Ger­man Socie­ty for Geo­gra­phy and its hono­ra­ry pre­si­dent sin­ce 2007, assu­med the chair­manship. In 2012 he was suc­cee­ded by Pro­fes­sor em. Her­bert Popp, who is a board mem­ber of the Asso­cia­ti­on of Geo­graph­ers at Ger­man Uni­ver­si­ties (VGDH) and who was the elec­ted rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ve of the Ger­man Natio­nal Com­mit­tee wit­hin the Inter­na­tio­nal Geo­gra­phi­cal Uni­on.

The Awards

Every second year, during the Ger­man Natio­nal Con­gress in Geo­gra­phy, the foun­da­ti­on awards its natio­nal pri­zes, a sci­ence award for phy­si­cal geo­gra­phy and anthro­po­geo­gra­phy as well as an award for inno­va­ti­on in the field of school geo­gra­phy. Fur­ther­mo­re, sin­ce 2012, the foun­da­ti­on has awar­ded the Inter­na­tio­nal Sci­ence Award of Ger­man Geo­gra­phy once every four years as well as, sin­ce 2017, the Reser­ach Award for the com­bi­na­ti­on of geo­gra­phy und histo­ry.

The Founder

Pro­fes­sor Frith­jof Voss (1936–2004), a pas­sio­na­te geo­gra­pher, who foun­ded the Foun­da­ti­on for Geo­gra­phy, gai­ned his inter­na­tio­nal repu­ta­ti­on as both a pro­fes­sor and entre­pre­neur. His fin­dings in the field of mass pest con­trol in deve­lo­ping coun­tries and emer­ging nati­ons con­tri­bu­t­ed to the pro­tec­tion of the means of live­li­hood for the local popu­la­ti­on. The com­mer­ci­al suc­cess of his enter­pri­ses enab­led Pro­fes­sor Voss to set up his own foun­da­ti­on.