The annual Tower Person Award for Consumer Educators (TOPACE) was given on June 11, 2016 to Bettina Dingler in her capacity as Specialist Adviser in the independent German Foundation Stiftung Warentest.
The award was presented in connection with a public panel debate on the importance of consumer education in Germany.
Since the middle of the 20th century consumer education has been kept alive and promoted by persons, who invested much energy, time and effort into convincing institutions and relevant people of the importance of consumer education, publishing material, organizing conferences and carrying out many other valuable activities. As strategic centers of action these persons have attracted recognition and motivated others to join the network of consumer educators in Europe and around the globe. The tower symbolizes the outstanding achievement of dedicated consumer educators and may encourage successors.
The award intends:
- to appreciate the commitment of distinguished consumer educators
- to foster the promotion of consumer and economics education
- to improve the quality of this education
- to strengthen European and international cooperation
The annual Tower Person Award for Consumer Educators has been donated by the former president of the German Association of Consumer Organisations AgV Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Heiko Steffens / Technische Universität Berlin in the Millenium Year 2000. The prize is awarded to persons, not to institutions. Institutions should receive Honourable Mention, if the awarded person works for or has been considerably supported by institutions.