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Applications Invited for Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize

Press Release No. 87/2011
28 March 2011
Applications Invited for Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize

Deadline for young Heidelberg researchers: 1 May 2011

Young researchers from all departments of Heidelberg University are invited to apply for this year’s Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize. To qualify, they must have a doctorate. With prize monies of € 12,500 each, the winners will be given the opportunity to organise a symposium at the University’s International Science Forum (IWH). Potential candidates with outstanding qualifications and innovative ideas for an academic symposium should get their applications in by 1 May 2011 at the latest.

Physicist Prof. Dr. Holger Gies of Friedrich Schiller University of Jena was a recipient of the prize back in 2006. “Our symposium on ‘Ultracold Quantum Gases’ was organised with the monies from the Hengstberger Prize and sparked off a whole series of scientific developments that have led to some very important research findings,” he recalls. “Particularly gratifying is the fact that many of the undergraduates and doctoral candidates taking part at the time have now graduated successfully and are proving their scientific mettle literally all over the world. Many of the international contacts we made during the symposium have been very helpful in that respect.”

Young researchers from all walks of academic life – science, medicine, humanities, cultural studies, social sciences – are eligible to apply. This year the foundation is awarding three prizes. The Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prizes will be presented to the recipients by the donor at the annual celebration of Heidelberg University in autumn 2011. For more information on the application procedure and previous winners, go to

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