The ESET Science Award recognises exceptional individuals of Slovak science and has been granted by the ESET Foundation annually since 2019 in the following categories:

in Slovakia
The award is granted to an individual whose work in the past 10 years has exceptionally contributed to highlighting science in Slovakia, in the European or global science field, and which has a remarkable real or potential impact on other aspects of Slovak society.


Scientist in Slovakia
Under the Age of 35
The award is granted to a young scientist under the age of 35 whose activity may be regarded as an exceptional contribution to the Slovak scientific area with great potential for the future.


in Slovakia
The award is granted to an individual whose activities have delivered an exceptional academic contribution in their field and who has been motivating their students to achieve outstanding results, thus contributing to extending their interest in studying science.


International jury

The ESET Science Award laureates are selected by an international jury comprised of world known experts from various scientific fields. Each year, the role of chair of the international jury is held by a Nobel Prize Laureate, and under their guidance the jury presides over the selection and then the awarding of the laureates.


The Envoys of the ESET Science Award are comprised of a group of scientists with a global reach. They represent the Award and its finalists and laureates internationally. Their aim is to spread worldwide awareness of science in Slovakia, of the exceptional scientists working in Slovakia, and to connect scientific institutions with each other.

Discussion „What is the Origin of Life?“

World renowned scientist, Ada Yonath, discussed the “origin of life” and how her research has brought answers to such life-progressing questions. In 2009, Ada Yonath received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her successful ribosome research and over the past several decades, she and her team clarified more than 20 antibiotics functions, paving the way for the development of new drugs.

Award Ceremony of the ESET Science Award 2022

The festive announcement of the award winners is an annual celebration of science in Slovakia. The gala evening is attended by representatives of the domestic and foreign scientific community, ambassadors and the political elite, carried out under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová. At the event, awards are presented in all three categories: Outstanding Scientist in Slovakia, Outstanding Scientist in Slovakia under the age of 35, Outstanding Academic in Slovakia.


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Slovak Academy of SciencesSlovak University of Technology in BratislavaComenius University in BratislavaTukeMinistry of foreign affairs of the Slovak RepublicThe University of ŽilinaPavol Jozef Safarik University in KosiceTechnical University in ZvolenKingdom of the NetherlandsBritish Embassy BratislavaEmbassy of Israel SlovakiaFoundation PontisStudent council for Higher Education

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