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

  • The annual award recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions by an early-career researcher to biological physics
    Armita Nourmohammad, Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) and Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Washington received the Early Career Award from the American Physical Society (APS), Division of Biological Physics. The annual award recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions by an early-career researcher to biological physics. In choosing Armita Nourmohammad…
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  • The Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony awarded the researcher the prestigious Lower Saxony Science Award in the category "Scientist in an early career phase".
    On November 17, 2021, the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony awarded the researcher of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) in Göttingen the prestigious Lower Saxony Science Award in the category "Scientist in an early career phase". With this award, the state of Lower Saxony annually honors scientists, who distinguish themselves through particular professional excellence as well as through their…
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  • The director at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen was honored by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) for her research in the field of biochemistry. She received the prize in a ceremony on October 21, 2021. Proteins are involved in virtually all processes in living cells. However, they can only fulfill their tasks if they are produced without errors. Ribosomes, the ‘protein factories’ of living cells, play a…
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  • The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 was awarded to the German scientist Klaus Hasselmann, along with Syukuro Manabe (USA) Giorgio Parisi (Italy). Klaus Hasselmann developed a model showing the connection between weather and climate, e.g. relating precipitation to long-term effects such as ocean currents.
    By this, he demonstrated that climate models can deliver reliable predictions despite short-term weather fluctuations, proving also the connection of increase in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and global warming. Klaus Hasselmann completed his doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) in 1957 before he continued his scientific career at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. The…
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  • Max Planck researcher Stefan Glöggler honored by the German Chemical Society
    For researching new methods to track cellular processes, Stefan Glöggler of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and the Center for Biostructural Imaging of Neurodegeneration of the University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany) is awarded with the Felix Bloch lecture by the German Chemical Society (GDCh). He received the prize on September 29. Glöggler and his team recently succeeded in developing new efficient and fast methods to…
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  • Professor Teja Tscharntke receives Medal of Honor of the Society for Ecology
    Agricultural ecologist Professor Teja Tscharntke from the University of Göttingen has received the 2021 Medal of Honor of the Society for Ecology (GfÖ). Since last year, the GfÖ has been awarding scientists with this medal for outstanding and forward-looking achievements in ecological research. With his conceptual ideas on biodiversity patterns at the landscape level, Tscharntke is the "idea generator and mastermind of landscape ecology today,"…
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  • International Association of Agricultural Economists elects Professor Matin Qaim
    Agricultural economist Professor Matin Qaim from the University of Göttingen will become president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), the scientific professional society of world agricultural economists. Qaim has been a member of the IAAE Board of Directors since 2018, and his term will begin on 31 August 2021, with a period as "President-Elect" during which he will be responsible, among other things, for…
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