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

  • Ulrich Christensen, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, receives one of the highest awards of the American Geophysical Union.
    The American Geophysical Union (AGU) yesterday awarded the Inge Lehmann Medal to Prof. Dr. Ulrich R. Christensen, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS). With this award, the AGU acknowledges Prof. Dr. Christensen’s outstanding contributions to the understanding of the dynamic processes in the Earth's mantle and core. His work has contributed decisively to a detailed and realistic picture of the processes in the…
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  • Professor Thomas Kaufmann receives the prestigious German Research Award
    The theologian Professor Thomas Kaufmann from the University of Göttingen has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2020 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The DFG thus honours Kaufmann as one of the “most important international Reformation researchers”, according to the jury. Kaufmann’s research on the church history of the Reformation and the Denominational Age has changed our understanding of Martin Luther, the complex world…
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  • In his doctoral thesis, Sudip Mandal investigated how special pressure waves help maintain temperatures of several million degrees in the outermost solar atmosphere.
    The Department of Plasma Physics of the Association of Asian Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) has awarded Dr. Sudip Mandal of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) this year's U30 award. The AAPPS thus honors Mandal's contributions to the understanding of magneto-hydrodynamic waves in the corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun. In his doctoral thesis, which Mandal wrote at the Indian Institute for Astrophysics in Bangalore,…
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  • European research consortium awarded the prestigious ERC Synergy Grant to study the nanostructure of muscles and the causes of muscular diseases
    Max Planck scientists Stefan Raunser (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology) and Dirk Görlich (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry) together with Mathias Gautel from King's College London, and Frank Schnorrer from the Developmental Biology Institute in Marseille, have been awarded one of the rare and highly endowed Synergy Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Funds of 11 million Euros during the next six years will…
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  • Sandra Schilbach, Agata Zielinska, and Thomas Lilienkamp of the Göttingen Max Planck Campus have been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal. Every year, the Max Planck Society honors up to 30 researchers for their outstanding achievements during their PhD.
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  • Dr. Lakshmi Pradeep Chitta from MPS receives Early Career Researcher Prize from the European Physical Society.
    The European Physical Society has awarded Dr. Lakshmi Pradeep Chitta from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) with this year's Early Career Researcher Prize of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD). The ESPD honors Chitta's new view of processes enabling the exchange of energy and mass between the visible surface of the Sun and its atmosphere. His research results could help to explain the huge temperature difference…
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  • This year's Bruker Prize of the Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) Spectroscopy Group of the British Royal Society of Chemistry is awarded to Marina Bennati of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. The group honors the physico-chemist for her outstanding work in ESR spectroscopy.
    Der Bruker Prize der Elektronenspinresonanz (ESR)-Spektroskopie-Gruppe der britischen Royal Society of Chemistry geht in diesem Jahr an Marina Bennati vom Max-Planck-Institut (MPI) für biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen. Die Fachgruppe ehrt die Physiko-Chemikerin damit für ihre herausragende Arbeit in der ESR-Spektroskopie. Bennati, Forschungsgruppenleiterin am Göttinger MPI und Professorin an der Universität Göttingen, nahm den Preis am 10.…
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