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All good things come in three: After the conference had to be postponed twice thanks to a known virus, 30 young climate researchers met at the IWH for 2.5 days this week. Further participants were connected online from all over the world. The conference was made possible by the Hengstberger Prize 2019, which was awarded to Kira Rehfeld, among others. The young scientist organised this lively conference with great commitment and will follow a call to Tübingen in September.


Freshly published 3rd Hengstberger report


The 3rd report on the awardees of the Hengstberger Award is newly published. It introduces the young researchers who received the award between 2013 and 2020 and their projects in a comprehensive manner.

Since 2004, the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award has been awarded annually to excellent young academics at Ruperto Carola. The prize money of € 12,500 enables young researchers, together with the IWH, to organize an international scientific symposium at the IWH. The award supports scientists from all disciplines: natural sciences, medicine, law, humanities and social sciences.

When looking at the winners of the past few years and their respective projects in this report it becomes obvious that it clearly reflects the diversity of research at Heidelberg University and the broad spectrum of ideas of the young talents. Nonetheless, something connects the young researchers and their projects: recognizing patterns or even breaking through patterns plays an important role in all of their projects. We have therefore used this research principal as a comprehensive motif to illustrate artistically this brochure.

Immerse yourself in a wide variety of research topics, all of which have one thing in common: finding connections.

Preisträger 2013-2020

Hengstberger Award 2021

April 15, 2021

This year, the IWH received 11 applications for the prestigious Hengstberger Award. Up to six candidates will get the chance to present their projects to the jury in the upcoming month of July. We expect that three projects will receive the Hengstberger Award 2021. The prize money of 12.500 Euros each will be utilized to support an international symposia at the IWH organised by the awardees.


Obituary for Wilhelm Zahn

February 22, 2021

In March 2020, the long serving caretaker of Internationales Wisseschaftsforum Heidelberg, Wilhelm Zahn retired after almost 30 years of service. He left onerous responsibility for his successor, as he had always dedicatedly fulfilled his duties in taking care of the house during his term. He was appreciated by his colleagues and managers as a reliable and steadfast employee. Unfortunately we were recently apprised of the sad news of his demise. The Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg is united in grief of Wilhelm Zahn, who died on January 27 aged 65. He is survived by his three children, Rebecca, Tobias, and Viola. We wish his family strength during this difficult time. As requested by the family, the funeral will take place amongst the closest relatives. 


Universität Heidelberg with 13 “Highly Cited Researchers”

November 23, 2020

The recently published list of Highly Cited Researchers includes 13 researchers from Heidelberg University, three more than last year. The international analysis recognises academics whose publications in their respective field are the most frequently cited worldwide. A total of 21 disciplines in the natural, life and social sciences are represented. It also names researchers who have published widely across multiple disciplines. Six of the 13 most cited scientists from Ruperto Carola are represented in this “cross-field” category. Director IWH Prof. A. Stephen K. Hashmi is amongst the highly cited researchers.

New innovative concepts and multifunctional technology for events:

November 23, 2020

To further support the meetings during these extraordinary times, the administration has installed new multifunctional LED screens. Your event can now take place simultaneously in multiple rooms.

If the weather is conducive, the new technology also allows to conduct an event outdoor or as a combination of both indoor and outdoor.
This enables us to adapt flexibly to the current hygiene measures and provide the organizers with a smooth atmosphere for events and conferences.


Call for Applications Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Awards 2021

November 5, 2020

IWH is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2021. A sum of € 12,500 each awaits three exceptional projects designed by young scientists/researchers (individual or teams) to organize a high-quality Symposium at the International Academic Forum, Heidelberg. The application deadline for the award is April 1st, 2021.
The IWH Curatory Board looks forward to excellent applications with ground-breaking research and innovative ideas. Please use the official application form while submitting the application. Application form


Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Awards 2020

This year again, Heidelberg University has awarded the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize to three projects.
Five young researchers will receive the award in November 2020.

Dr. Tim Sommer
Dr. Lutz Greb and Dr. Dragoș-Adrian Roșca
Dr. Anna Schlomann and Dr. Laura Schmidt


New Board Members

Professor Petra Tegeder and Professor Annette D. Haußmann are new members of the IWH Board of Trustees. Petra Tegeder is a professor at the Physical Chemistry Institute, Heidelberg University and heads, among other things, the project "Molecular switching processes at surfaces and interfaces". She began her three-year term of office in July 2020.
Annette Haußmann is a junior professor at the Theological Seminary where she holds the chair of Poimenik. Prof. Haußmann is the curator of IWH since October 2020.

Prof. Petra Tegeder      Prof. Annette D. Haußmann

New Director IWH

To continue the tradition and shift the responsibility, Professor A. Stephen K. Hashmi will take the reins as Director IWH from August 1, 2020 after the incumbent Professor Peter Comba concludes his tenure. He is a Professor at the Organic Chemistry Institute (OCI) Heidelberg University since 2007 and has served twice as the Vice-Rector of Heidelberg University from 2013 to 2019. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich and conducted Postdoctoral research at Stanford University, USA.

He has a clear vision to navigate IWH further: "An important focus - harmonized with the strategic goal of the Heidelberg University - will be to make IWH a place for global discourse as the letter "I" in IWH implies. Constant analysis including the infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities will enable IWH to play an essential role in meeting future challenges. I am very much looking forward to doing this in close cooperation with the entire IWH team," says Hashmi.

"Oral History"

The physicist, former principal of the Ruperto Carola, current president of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften and founder of the IWH, Prof. Gisbert zu Putlitz, recently participated in the video series "Oral History" created by Joachim Funke, member of the Institute of Psychology of the Heidelberg University. The full interview can be found here.

Applications for Stadt-Heidelberg-Stiftung Symposium 2021

To promote excellent doctoral students from Heidelberg University, the Stadt-Heidelberg-Stiftung provides funds to organize International Summer Symposium. The Graduate Academy of Heidelberg University is now accepting applications for Summer-Symposium 2021 that will take place at IWH. The successful applicant will be awarded a sum of € 5,000. For further inquires, please send an email with the subject "International Symposium Stadt-Heidelberg-Stiftung" or click here.

International Summer Symposium

The 2nd International Summer Symposium took place on July 20-21, 2020. Sixteen researchers assembled to discuss "Art and Literature in the City." Two PhD scholars from Romanisches Seminar, Angela Calderon Villarino and Inez-Maria Wellner organized this event.

We Have Reopened!

IWH staff members are happy to serve the academic community once again. In compliance with the guidelines of the Heidelberg University and State of Baden-Württemberg, metings with up to 34 participats can take place at the venue. Additional participants can join online with prior permission from the organizers.
Please send an email to or call us to schedule your meetings. We look forward to your involvement.

IWH Annual Report 2019

The wait is over. The annual report 2019 is out and can now be viewed on our website. Towers and their diverse functions of exploration, observation and foresight are the focus of the IWH annual report 2019. Have we piqued your interest? Then go seek the light! Secure your printed copy for a tactile experience by sending us an e-mail at You can also find a PDF version on our website.
We wish you a happy reading.

Apartments Vacant

From now until the beginning of September 2020, we can offer our apartments for overnight guests who come to Heidelberg for purely professional reasons (if possible in single occupancy).
Further information can be found on our homepage at:

Graduate Academy Heidelberg:

The Stadt-Heidelberg-Stiftung will provide financial support to doctoral students at the University of Heidelberg to organise an International winter symposium (winter school). The topics chosen can be rooted in all areas of natural and social science, and arts and humanities but should have a close contemporary or historical connection to city of Heidelberg. The event should be made accessible to general public. Further information can be found here (PDF). The deadline for Applications is May 1st , 2020 via e-mail to the Graduate Academy ( the subject line “International Symposium Stadt-Heidelberg-Stiftung”. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Helke Hillebrand, Administrative Director of the Graduate Academy ( Tel. 06221 / 54-19760. For questions regarding event management, please contact the IWH

Call for Applications Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Awards 2020:

IWH is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Award 2020. A sum of € 12,500 each awaits three exceptional projects designed by young scientists/researchers (individual or teams) to organize a high-quality Symposium at the International Academic Forum, Heidelberg. The application deadline for the award is April 1st, 2020.
The Curatory Board looks forward to excellent applications with ground-breaking research and innovative ideas. Please use the official Application form while submitting the application.


New Year's reception

On February 4th, 2020 the International Academic Forum Heidelberg hosted a New Year's Reception. Professors and guests from the Heidelberg University and other institutions graced the occasion. The invitees enjoyed the hospitality and were informed about the academic services and other facilities offered by IWH. Below are some glimpses of the event.