Leibniz Prize: Germany's Highest Science Award Goes to German Polar Researcher, Among Others

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10.01.2024 - Article

The recipients of Germany's highest scientific award for 2024 have been announced.

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize has been awarded annually by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 1986. A total of 418 Leibniz Prizes have been awarded to date, and twelve Leibniz Prize winners have also received the Nobel Prize after being awarded the most important research funding prize in Germany.

The prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize will be awarded to 10 recipients in 2024, one of whom is the polar biologist Prof. Dr. Ulrike Herzschuh, who also conducts her research in Canada, among other locations. She heads the Department of Polar Terrestrial Environmental Systems at the Potsdam site of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, and is considered one of the leading researchers at the interface between earth system science and biodiversity research.

Ulrike Herzschuh investigates the interaction between climate change and changes in landscapes. With her innovative research, she can bring the past to life and show what landscape changes we can expect in the future.

The geobiologist also has an excellent international network. This is demonstrated, among other things, by her election as the German representative on the International Arctic Science Committee.

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is endowed with up to 2.5 million euros and is intended to enable outstanding top researchers to expand their research opportunities and to employ particularly qualified scientists in the early stages of their careers.

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