Körber European Science Prize

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The Körber European Science Prize is presented annually by the Körber Foundation in Hamburg honoring outstanding scientists working in Europe for their promising research projects. The 750,000 euro prize promotes research projects in the life sciences and physical sciences.

History[edit]

The prize was initiated by the entrepreneur Kurt A. Körber with the help of Reimar Lüst, the president of the Max Planck Society. The first award was in 1985. At first, European research teams were honored, but since 2005, only individuals qualify.[1]

Selection process[edit]

Candidates for the prize need not be from Europe, but they must be living in Europe.[2] Renowned scientists from all over Europe, grouped into two Search Committees, select promising candidates. The awards are annual and alternate between the life and physical sciences. Those who are shortlisted are then asked to submit a detailed proposal for a research project which is then judged in two rounds of assessment by the Search Committee. The work of the Search Committee is supported by international experts. A maximum of five candidates are subsequently recommended to the Trustee Committee which, based on a summary of expert assessments, previous publications and scientific career history, decides on the new prizewinner. A personal application is not allowed.

Prize money[edit]

All prizewinners receive a certificate and 750,000 euro prize money. The prizewinners can keep 10 percent of the money for themselves and must spend the rest on research in Europe in three to five years. Aside from these restrictions they alone can decide how to use the money.[2]

Presentation[edit]

The prize is presented every year in the Great Hall of Hamburg City Hall in the presence of the Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and 600 guests from science, industry, politics, and society.

Winners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Körber Foundation: „Excellent Brains. 25 Years of Cutting-Edge Science” 2009, p. 4 et seq.
  2. ^ a b Guidelines for the awarding of the Körber European Science Prize (pdf), Körber-Stiftung, June 2011, retrieved 5 April 2016 
  3. ^ "Matthias Mann – Prizewinner 2012". Körber European Science Prize. Körber-Stiftung. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nicola Spaldin receives the Körber Prize 2015" (pdf). Körber European Science Prize. Körber-Stiftung. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 

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