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In January 15, 2020, the University of Potsdam is presenting “Voltaire Prize for Tolerance, International Understanding and Respect for Differences”. The prize amounts to € 5,000 and is financed by the Friede Springer Foundation. Each year, the University of Potsdam will award the prize to one young scholar who has made an important contribution to the social dialogue on peace, international understanding and tolerance, or who has campaigned for freedom in research and teaching, or the right of free expression.
In 2020 the University of Potsdam is presenting the “Voltaire Prize for Tolerance, International Understanding and Respect for Differences” for the third time. The € 5,000 prize will go to Gábor Polyák. The Voltaire Prize is funded by the Friede Springer Foundation and is awarded annually to one scholar who has demonstrated a commitment to freedom in research and teaching, as well as the right of free expression. “The selection process this year again showed how, in many countries, the freedom of research and teaching is endangered, does not exist, or has ceased to exist,” says the president of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D.“ It is therefore all the more important that we send a signal with the Voltaire Prize, expressing our gratitude and paying tribute to those who oppose anti-Enlightenment tendencies. This is because the prize does not only pertain to the recipients; it also extends to all of the courageous scholars around the world who say no to totalitarianism and restrictions on the freedom of expression and speech.”