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Hapag-Lloyd invites applications for first Albert Ballin awards

Calling academics and researchers: apply now for awards worth EUR 60,000

Hapag-Lloyd has announced the “Albert Ballin Award for Global Action” and two “Albert Ballin Awards for Globalization Research” worth a combined EUR 60,000. All three prizes will presented on the 100th anniversary of former general director of Hapag-Lloyd Albert Ballin’s death on November 6.

Promoting research into globalization

The globalization awards will be presented to young academics and researchers whose research broadens and deepens understanding of the risks and opportunities of globalization. Each prize comes with EUR 5,000 and will be awarded at regular four-year intervals. Young academics and researchers are invited to submit their applications for the globalization awards by July 15, 2018. An interdisciplinary jury will select the winners. The prizes will be presented during a gala on November 6, 2018 in Hamburg City Hall. The company aims to promote innovative and critical projects that use social science, the humanities and cultural studies to investigate the processes and problems of globalization, thereby laying the groundwork for responsible action in the future.

Cultural and political responsibility

The “Albert Ballin Award for Global Action” will be awarded to individuals or institutions that assume social, cultural or political responsibility through their action and set an example for others. Hapag-Lloyd will honour global initiatives that foster networking among peoples and cultures as well as those that advocate on behalf of the victims of globalization. The award of EUR 50,000 will be presented at regular four-year intervals.

Nils Haupt, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Hapag-Lloyd, said: “By establishing the Albert Ballin awards, we are commemorating the man who made us great: Albert Ballin. The Hamburg native and shipping company executive, who was an engine of the first globalization around 1900, combined commercial vigour with social and political responsibility.“

Albert Ballin Forum

Hapag-Lloyd will also be hosting the first-ever Albert Ballin Forum in Hamburg on November 6 and 7, 2018 in addition to the gala. The scientific symposium on globalization research is a collaboration with the Hamburg Museum as well as the historian and communications scholar Rainer Gries, who holds the Franz Vranitzky Chair for European Studies at the University of Vienna.

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