Academic Awards and Honours

In their history, the institutes of the Göttingen Campus have been highly successful in attracting the "best minds". The outstanding scientists have established the international reputation of the institutions and continue to shape their profile to this day. Here you will find a small selection of the long list of historical personalities who have studied or researched in Göttingen, as well as an overview of current award winners.

Latest Awards

  • Professor Lutz Ackermann receives SCF French-German Georg Wittig-Victor Grignard Award 2022
    The chemist Professor Lutz Ackermann from the University of Göttingen receives the SCF French-German Georg Wittig-Victor Grignard Prize 2022. The Société Chimique de France (SCF) awards this prize to outstanding chemists who have enriched research in both countries through their work. Ackermann receives the prize for his research in the field of catalytic activation of reaction-carrying C-H bonds by transition metal catalysis. The prize also…
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  • The Italian Physical Society awards the "Premio Enrico Fermi" to the director emeritus of the MPI-DS
    Jan-Peter Toennies, former director of the Max Planck Institute for Flow Research (today: Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, MPI-DS) and his Italian colleague Giorgio Benedek from the University of Milan have good reason to celebrate. Together, they have been honored for their "pioneering studies of the atomic-scale dynamics at solid surfaces through the development of high-resolution helium-atom scattering spectroscopy".…
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  • Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki receives the George Ellery Hale Prize of the American Astronomical Society.
    The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has honored Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, with a high distinction: the AAS Solar Physics Division (SPD) has named the Göttingen researcher this year's recipient of the George Ellery Hale Prize, which distinguishes selected scientists for their long-standing and ground-breaking contributions to solar research. The award ceremony…
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  • Using historical data, MPS researcher Dr. Theodosios Chatzistergos looks back into our star’s past. He has now received a prestigious award in recognition of his work.
    The Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), a panel of the International Science Council (ICS), has honored Dr. Theodosios Chatzistergos of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) with this year's Distinguished Young Scientist Award. With this award, the Committee recognizes the young researcher's contributions to the reconstruction of past solar activity and variability. Among other things, Dr. Chatzistergos…
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  • The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is honored for his contributions to improving our understanding of surface chemistry.
    The 15th Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award goes to Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke, Director at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Multidisciplinary Sciences and Professor at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen. The Award Committee, comprised of jurors Prof. Dr. Joachim Sauer (HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Matthias Drieß (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Eckart Rühl (FU Berlin), as well as the Fritz-Haber-Institut’s Board of Directors and Gerhard…
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  • Hörforscher und Neurowissenschaftler der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen erhält zum zweiten Mal einen Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrats.
    Prof. Dr. med. Tobias Moser, Direktor des Instituts für Auditorische Neurowissenschaften der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG), hat einen weiteren Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrats (ERC) erhalten. Der ERC fördert sein Forschungsvorhaben zur Entschlüsselung der Lautstärke-Verarbeitung in der Hörschnecke („DynaHear“) für fünf Jahre mit insgesamt 2,5 Millionen Euro. „‘DynaHear‘ verspricht, unser Verständnis zur neuronalen Kodierung…
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  • The researchers at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen will each receive about 2.5 million euros in funding from the European Research Council (ERC) over the next five years.
    Using EPO to combat brain diseases In competitive sports, erythropoietin (EPO) is a notorious doping agent. Yet, the growth factor not only promotes that more red blood cells form. Physician and neuroscientist Hannelore Ehrenreich believes that EPO can also improve brain functions. “When we master mentally challenging tasks, this effort seems to trigger a slight reduction of oxygen in our brain. This physiological lack of oxygen stimulates nerve…
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