The initiative was brought to the Netherlands by Gianfranco Bertone, the initiator of the Italian version of the project, who is a professor in Astroparticle Physics at the University of Amsterdam. Bertone himself is author of several popular science books that have been published in Italian, English and recently also in Dutch.
The Dutch ‘Cosmos Boekenprijs’ is part of the National Science Agenda (NWA) and aims to select the best popular science book in physics, mathematics or astronomy each year. Earlier this year, high school students aged 15-18 could apply to be part of the student jury, leading to a jury of 37 students. Over the course of the next half year, the jury members, as well as a professional jury, read five selected books (that the students get for free) and each select a winner. To further stimulate the students’ interest in reading and in popular science, some of the authors of the five selected books visit the schools as well. At a festive book gala on 28 October, the authors of the two winning books will then each receive a prize of €2000,-.
Interested in the book gala on 28 October, or in participating in next year’s edition to select the best popular science book in Dutch of 2022? Visit the Cosmos Book Prize website using the link below: