The five French Institutes in the Nordic region (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland) have decided to launch in 2020 a dedicated award: the “French Institute Nordic Award” (FINA).

In line with our shared commitment to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the focus of the first FINA edition in 2020 will be on youth and green innovation.

Each French Institute in the Nordic region will select, with local partners, one or a small team of young professionals committed on green innovation in the field of biodiversity and enable them to travel to Marseille and share their work at the IUCN Congress in June 2020 (

Every four years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) convenes the IUCN World Conservation Congress which is the world’s largest nature conservation event. It brings together leaders from government, civil society, indigenous peoples’ organizations, business and academia to determine the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges, and actions to address them. In 2020, France will host the World Conservation Congress in Marseille One nature, one future (11th-19th June 2020).

Youth and young professionals will play a leading role in the Congress through the organization of a Youth Forum, with a view to proposing options for the post-2020 biodiversity framework that will be agreed at the CBD Conference of the Parties in China (October 2020).

The 2020 IUCN Congress will cover seven themes:
Four related to major dimensions of nature (landscapes, water, oceans and climate change), and three cross-cutting issues (governance and rights, finance and economics, and knowledge and innovation).

Key characteristics of a winning application

  • The project present ideas or solutions in the field of green innovation related to biodiversity protection useful when solving problems or facilitating tasks related to at least one theme of the IUCN Congress.
  • The project deal with at least one of the 7 themes of the Congress.
  • The project aims at strengthening the scientific cooperation between France and Finland.
  •  The applicant is a doctoral fellows or PhD holders (under 35) working in a Finnish research institution, in a start-up or involved in conservation actions through a Finnish association, ONG…


The laureate will attend the IUCN Congress during the Youth Summit (16th – 19th June 2020) in Marseille. The amount of the prize will cover the travel, accommodation, meals as well as access to the IUCN Congress. The program will include opportunities for the laureate to present his work and enlarge his professional network

The “2020 FINA” in Finland is partnered with the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry


Call for application launched of February 14th 2020

Closure of the application process: 22nd of March

Results: at the latest 3rd April 2020

IUCN Congress: 14th-20th June 2020

Applications, including a letter of motivation, a one page description of your project/activity, a CV and potential letter of support must be sent to Elena Ceccarelli: