Prizes and Medals until 2006
From the outset the foundations established by Alfred Toepfer awarded prizes and medals to personalities of outstanding merit and new talents. Even after the founderís death the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. continued its tradition by awarding numerous prizes. Following the new orientation of the Foundationís programme since 2005, the earlier range of prizes has been reassessed. To meet the altered cultural and educational policies the Foundationís prizes were reduced to gain a new focus.
Below you will find a short description of the prizes and medals that were discontinued following the Foundationís restructuring. For detailed information about the history of individual awards and the Foundationís cultural prizes during the reign of National Socialism in Germany see the Foundationís publications.
The cultural prizes awarded until 2006 included:
- Hanseatic Goethe Prize and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Medal for international understanding and humanitarian achievements.
- Shakespeare Prize for achievements in the humanities and arts from the English-speaking countries in Europe.
- Montaigne Prize for achievements for the European cultural heritage of the Romance countries (University of TŁbingen).
- Herder Preis for achievements in the arts and humanities in Eastern European countries for a peaceful international understanding (University of Vienna).
- Henrik Steffens Preis for achievements in the arts and humanities in Scandinavian countries (Kiel University).
- Alexander Puschkin Preis for Russian writers.
In addition, until 2006 the Foundation awarded the following special prizes and medals:
- Alexander Petrowitsch Karpinskij Prize for achievements by Russian scientists in the fields of natural and social sciences as well as ecology.
- Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal for achievements in craftsmanship and industrial design as well as education in interior design and building culture.
- Wilhelm Leopold Pfeil Prize for achievements in the field of forestry (University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde).
- Fritz Schumacher Prize for the fields of urban development and regional planning, architecture, structural engineering, history of architecture, town and country planning and landscaping or urban ecology and sociology (Leibniz University Hanover).
- Justus von Liebig Prize for agronomic research and ThŁnen Gold Medal for entrepreneurial achievements in agriculture (Christian Albrechts University Kiel).
Further prizes and decorations were discontinued before 2006, among them prizes for services in the cause of European unification, the Joost van den Vondel Prize and the Europe Prize. The Low German Fritz Reuter Prize, formerly awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., is now being awarded by the Carl-Toepfer-Stiftung.