Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes 2011
"Remarkably young prizewinners"
For the 2011 prize, a total of 145 candidates from all research areas were nominated – more than ever in the history of the award. "This shows both how many outstanding early career researchers there are at German universities and how attractive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize is," said the chair of the selection committee, DFG Vice President Professor Dorothea Wagner, after the decision.
Of those nominated, 22 were put on the short list, from which the current prize recipients were finally chosen. "What is remarkable is also their young age," Wagner added. "Four of them are under or have just turned 30 and have thus acquired an outstanding qualification and a substantial independent research profile at a very young age," said the DFG Vice President, referring to the most important criteria for the prize. Furthermore, all prizewinners already hold prominent positions in research and academic teaching, whether as junior professors, research assistants or heads of their own independent junior research groups, which are part of the DFG’s Emmy Noether Programme. The 2011 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes will be awarded on 9 May at 2 pm at the Magnus-Haus in Berlin.
Engineering sciences, Technical University of Dortmund
Modern history, University of Frankfurt/Main
Chemistry, Free University of Berlin
Computer science, Ruhr University of Bochum
Mathematics, University of Duisburg-Essen
Literature, University of Freiburg