Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes 2017
The latest recipients of Germany's most prestigious research funding prize have been announced. In Bonn today, the Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) chose ten researchers, three women and seven men, to receive the 2017 Leibniz Prize. The recipients of the prize were selected by the Nominations Committee from 134 nominees. Of the ten new prizewinners, three are from the natural sciences, three from the humanities and social sciences, two from the life sciences and two from the engineering sciences. Each of the ten winners will receive €2.5 million in prize money. They can use these funds for their research work in any way they wish, without bureaucratic obstacles, for up to seven years.
The awards ceremony for the 2017 Leibniz Prizes will be held on 15 March in Berlin.
Shortly before the awards ceremony the DFG received anonymous comments concerning the research work of Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler, a materials scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, which require further examination. In agreement with Prof. Nestler, this examination is currently taking place. The awarding of the prize will be halted until the matter has been resolved.
Organic Molecular Chemistry, Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Göttingen
Arabic Studies, Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, Free University of Berlin
Cognitive Psychology, Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Structural Molecular Biology, Department of Biochemistry – Gene Center, University of Munich (LMU)
Theory of Biological Physics, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden
Mechanical Process Engineering, Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik (IWT) and Department of Production Engineering, University of Bremen
Materials Science, Institute for Applied Materials – Computational Materials Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Biophysics, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg
African Studies, Institute for African Studies and Egyptology, University of Cologne
Medical Microbiology, Institute for Molecular Infection Biology, University of Würzburg