Background

The Körber European Science Prize is presented annually, honoring outstanding single scientists working in Europe for their promising research projects. With the 750.000 euro prize money the Körber Foundation promotes research in life and physical sciences. Search committees with top scientists from all over Europe identify qualified candidates. The selection is then made by a Trustee Committee. A personal application is not allowed. The prize is awarded to excellent and innovative research projects that show great potential for possible application and international impact.

Trustee Committee

The most important task of the Trustee Committee is the final selection of the awardees. The decision of the Trustee Committee is based on the discussions held in the Search Committees, the documentation submitted by the candidates and the independent expert opinions of scientists from all over the world. In addition, the Trustee Committee advises the Körber Foundation on all matters relating to the development of the Prize.

Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann (Chairman)

President of the Max Planck Society, Munich
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Prof. Dr. Bertil Andersson

President, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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Prof. Dr. Anthony Kevin Cheetham

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker

President of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle
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Prof. Dr. Urban Lendahl

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
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Prof. Dr. Felicitas Pauss

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
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Selection Process

To begin with, renowned scientists from all over Europe, grouped into two Search Committees, select promising candidates. In alternate years, suitable individuals are sought from the field of life sciences and physical sciences respectively. Those who are shortlisted are then asked to submit a detailed proposal for a research project which is then judged in two rounds of assessment by the Search Committee. The work of the Search Committee is supported by international experts who give their independent opinions on the candidates and their projects. A maximum of five candidates are subsequently recommended to the Trustee Committee which, based on a summary of expert assessments, previous publications and scientific career history, decides on the new prizewinner.

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Search Committees

In order to observe the different areas as comprehensively as possible in the search for suitable awardees and to strengthen the European component of the prize at the same time, the Körber Foundation set up international Search Committees in the fields of life sciences and physical sciences. Renowned scientists from all over Europe who represent the different scientific sectors have the task of finding the best European scientists with the most innovative research projects and then of suggesting them to the Trustee Committee for decision-making.

Life Sciences

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wehner (Chair)

University of Zurich, Institute for Brain Research, Zurich, Switzerland
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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Baumeister

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
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Prof. Dr. Pascale Cossart

Institut Pasteur, Department of Cell Biology and Infection, Paris, France
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Prof. Dr. Daniel Louvard

Institut Curie, Centre de Recherche, Paris, France
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Prof. Dr. Nadia Rosenthal

EMBL-Monterotondo Outstation, Rome, Italy
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Physical Sciences

Prof. Dr. Sir John O’Reilly (Chair)

Director General Knowledge and Innovation
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, London, Great Britian
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Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser

MPI-CPIS, Dresden, Germany
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Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
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Prof. Dr. Alexander Wokaun

General Energy Research Department,
Paul Scherrer Institute, Villingen, Switzerland
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