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9 October 2003

Multi-Media Service in Connection with the Presentation of the Lautenschläger Research Prize of the University of Heidelberg 2003

Press Office provides special service: on the internet pages of the University of Heidelberg there are ready-made radio features and original statements for downloading—"Ruperto Carola" web magazine reports on-the-spot—Additional audio material on CD-ROM—The Lautenschläger Prize will be presented to Prof. Dr. Peter Krammer on 10 October 2003

On the occasion of the presentation of the Lautenschläger Research Prize 2003, the Press Office of the University provides a special service. On the internet pages of the University, ready-made radio features and original statements are available for downloading. The "Ruperto Carola" web magazine will be reporting on the spot. In addition, all the audio material is also available on CD-ROM. The Lautenschläger Prize will be presented to Prof. Dr. Peter Krammer on 10 October 2003 (7 p.m., Great Hall of the New University).

Worth 250,000 euros, the Lautenschläger Research Prize of the University of Heidelberg is one of the most generously endowed international research awards. Accordingly, interest will run high when the award is presented to Prof. Dr. Peter Krammer of the German Cancer Research Centre on 10 October. Many more people are interested in top-level research than can possibly be invited to attend the presentation ceremony, says University Press Officer Dr. Michael Schwarz. And during the ceremony itself, the numerous journalists present will hardly have time for extensive interviews.

Tailor-made service

It is this that has prompted the Press Office to provide a tailor-made service. Everyone interested can click in to the "Ruperto Online" magazine at www.uni-heidelberg.de . There they will find detailed reports on the SWR UniForum and the Lautenschläger Research Prize. At "Medienecho" they can also listen to two radio features and download six different original statements (www.uni-heidelberg.de/magazin/campusreport.html#download).

For journalists, the entire audio material is available for downloading and unrestricted use (please quote source as "University of Heidelberg" and provide reference copy/indication of transmission). In addition, all sound documents are available in special-edition CD-ROM form. The CD-ROM can be picked up at the ceremony.

Extensive audio package on CD-ROM

Two professional radio features contain material on the prize, its donor and the recipient. Research on apoptosis (controlled cell death) is explained in lay terms. A total of six original statements provide the gist of the matters at issue. Rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff underlines the importance of the prize as a distinction and incentive, while at the same time criticising political restrictions in connection with legislation on foundations and endowments. Donor Manfred Lautenschläger expresses concern about Germany's position in the international research contest and defines the unusually generous endowment as an investment in the future. Recipient Prof. Dr. Peter Krammer is just as clear in explaining the aims of apoptosis research as he is in expressing his gratification at receiving the prize and profiting from the research freedom it brings.

Presentation ceremony on 10 October 2003 (7 p.m.) at the New University

The Lautenschläger Research Prize of the University of Heidelberg will be presented by Federal Research Minister Edelgard Bulmahn and donor Manfred Lautenschläger. The ceremonial address will be delivered by the Spanish writer Jorge Semprún, holder of the Peace Prize of the German Association of Publishers and Booksellers.

Please address any inquiries to
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317
michael.schwarz@rektorat.uni-heidelberg.de
http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/index.html


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