MILSET Volunteer Award


The MILSET Volunteer Award is presented every odd year to a young volunteer as recognition of their values, passion and commitment in promoting and supporting science and technology education for youth.

This award has been created in memory of Rune Thode Nielsen from Denmark. He was a model science and technology ambassador dedicated and proudly involved in his mission, handling great responsibility in a professional yet always friendly manner with a positive, optimistic and open-minded attitude.



  • The nominee must be under 30 years old.
  • The nominee must have been actively involved as a volunteer for at least five years with a MILSET member, a MILSET Region, and/or at the global MILSET level.
  • The candidature must be prepared and endorsed by the nominee’s organisation, Regional Executive Committee or MILSET Executive Committee.



  • The recipient receives a certificate and a trophy at the MILSET General Assembly held during MILSET Expo-Sciences International.
  • For the 2021 edition, the recipient will receive an online certificate
  • The recipient will be announced on the website.


Challenge given to the Award’s recipient

Develop an initiative to enhance the engagement or experience of young volunteers at the MILSET member, region or global level.



  • Call for candidatures to all MILSET members, MILSET Regional Offices and MILSET Executive Committee.
  • Candidate review and approval of the awardee by MILSET Executive Committee.



Year Volunteer Organisation Country Occasion
2012 Antoine van Ruymbeke JSB Belgium ESE 2012
2013 José Alberto Tenorio RED Mexico ESI 2013
2015 Tatiana Vompe OODI Russia ESI 2015
2017 José Alberto García RED MEXICO ESI 2017
2019 Denisa van Ruymbeke MILSET Europe Czech Republic ESI 2019
2021 Gionata Pandini FAST Italy MILSET World Virtual Summit
2021 Soren Beck UNF Denmark MILSET World Virtual Summit
2023 Aysha Almeer MILSET ASIA Kuwait ESI 2023
2023 Mateus Alex Barbosa Dedê MILSET Brazil Brazil ESI 2023