The Körber European Science Prize honors outstanding and excellent scientists working in Europe. The prize is awarded to research projects that show great potential for possible application and international impact.
Over recent years, the Körber European Science Prize has developed into a high-ranking European science prize. In the last ten years alone, the Körber Prize winners included six scientists who were later awarded the Nobel Prize.
Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann
Chairman of the Körber Prize Trustee Committee
The German physicist, mathematician and computer scientist Bernhard Schölkopf received the Körber European Science Prize, endowed with one million euros. He has developed mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence (AI) reach its most recent heights. Schölkopf and his team are investigating algorithms with which computer programs can react flexibly to situations, for example for driverless cars. He has established central methods for machine learning from which applications in biology, medicine, economics, social sciences and numerous other fields can benefit.
Schölkopf is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen and co-founder of the "Cyber Valley", a centre of excellence that aims to help Germany attain a leading position in international AI competition.
The Körber European Science Prize 2019 was presented to Bernhard Schölkopf on 13 September in the Great Festival Hall of Hamburg City Hall.
“Neanderthals are the closest relations of humans. Comparisons of their genome with that of humans today or with those of other extinct hominins and chimpanzees provide precise molecular biological answers to fundamental questions concerning our evolutionary origin.” Svante Pääbo, Körber Prizewinner 2018