Helmholtz International Fellow Award for four renowned researchers

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They conduct research on the great challenges of our time, study Antarctic ecosystems, investigate biodiversity, develop hepatitis vaccines, and try to better understand nanoscale interactions between electrons. For these efforts, four outstanding international scientists have now been recognized: They will receive the Helmholtz International Fellow Award for this year’s first call for applications.

“Helmholtz works with the best scientists all over the world. One measure we have established to enhance this cooperation is the Helmholtz International Fellow Award,” says Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association. “The award is presented to outstanding scientists from abroad who have distinguished themselves through their work in Helmholtz-relevant fields.”

The four scientists selected from this year’s first round of applications come from Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Israel. They have all already worked closely with Helmholtz Centers. “I warmly congratulate the award winners,” says Otmar D. Wiestler. “The diversity of their projects makes it very clear how important international collaboration is in tackling the great challenges of our time.”

The Helmholtz International Fellow Award for the first call for applications in 2019 has been awarded to:


Prof. Dr. Warwick F. Vincent, Université Laval/Canada, nominated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Prof. Dr. Ralph Dubayah, University of Maryland/USA, nominated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Prof. Dr. Eleanor Barnes, University of Oxford/United Kingdom, nominated by the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
Prof. Dr. Yuval Gefen, Weizmann Institute/Israel, nominated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


This prize, financed by the Helmholtz President’s Initiative and Networking Fund, was first awarded in 2012. In addition to €20,000 in prize money, the award winners will receive an invitation to conduct research at one or more Helmholtz Centers. This aims to intensify cooperation with them and their research institutions.

As part of the nomination process, the selected researchers already had to develop specific plans for the continuation of their collaborative efforts. “We were very pleased,” Wiestler says. “We hope they will continue to serve as active ambassadors for close international collaboration.”

The recipients of the award are nominated by Helmholtz institutions and chosen twice a year by the Helmholtz Executive Committee. The current award winners were selected in May. The deadline for submitting nomination documentation for the second round of selections this year is August 27, 2019.

Further information is available at: https://www.helmholtz.de/en/current_topics/current_calls_for_applications/article/artikeldetail/helmholtz_international_fellow_award/
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