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12/18/2017 17:21

Another five scientists receive the Helmholtz International Fellow Award

Roland Koch Kommunikation und Außenbeziehungen
Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren

    Five outstanding international scientists were honored in the second round of this year's "Helmholtz International Fellow Award". The recipients were chosen by the Helmholtz Association's Executive Committee at the beginning of December. Five researchers had already been recognized in a first round of calls for proposals in the summer of 2017. They have all excelled in extraordinary ways in research fields that are central to the work of the Helmholtz Association.

    The prize is intended to help intensify cooperation with international scientists. In addition to the €20,000 in prize money, the senior scientists will receive an invitation to conduct research at one or more Helmholtz Centers.
    “I warmly congratulate the award winners and look forward to an intensive exchange of ideas with them,” says Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association. “In the complex fields we are researching, networking of top scientists is becoming increasingly important. International partnerships are therefore becoming essential for all of us. I am very pleased that we will also be awarding this prize to outstanding researchers in the second round of calls for proposals in 2017.”
    The Helmholtz prize, which is financed by the Helmholtz President’s Initiative and Networking Fund, was awarded for the first time in 2012. The recipients of the award are nominated by Helmholtz institutions and chosen twice a year by the Helmholtz Executive Committee.
    The five scientists selected in the current round of nominations for the Helmholtz International Fellow Award come from the U.S., Denmark, France, and Australia, and have already worked closely with Helmholtz Centers. In the course of their nomination, they presented concrete plans for continuing this cooperation. In their respective countries, the fellows also act as ambassadors for further cooperation between their institutions and the Helmholtz Association.
    The following researchers were honored in the second round of the Helmholtz International Fellow Award 2017:

    • Webster Cavenee, Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Diego (U.S.), nominated by the DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center)
    • Valery Forbes, Professor of Ecotoxicology, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul (U.S.), nominated by the UFZ (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research)
    • Karsten Jensen, Professor of Geology, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), nominated by the FZJ (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
    • Dr. Pascale Hennequin, Directeur de Recherche CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique (France), nominated by IPP (Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics)
    • Paul Burn, Professor of Chemistry, University of Queensland (Australia), nominated by KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

    The next call for award applications is scheduled for 2018. Information about the call will soon be available on our website:

    The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science, and the economy through top-level scientific achievements in six research areas: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, and Aeronautics, Space, and Transport. With approximately 38,000 employees at 18 research centers and an annual budget of more than four billion euros, the Helmholtz Association is the largest scientific organization in Germany. Its work is rooted in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).

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