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Presentation of the Körber Prize 2019

Bernhard Schölkopf to receive the Körber Prize at Hamburg City Hall on 13 September

The German physicist, mathematician and computer scientist Bernhard Schölkopf is to receive the 2019 Körber European Science Prize, endowed with 1,000,000 euros. The researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen has developed mathematical methods that have made a major contribution to artificial intelligence (AI) reaching its most recent heights. Schölkopf has achieved worldwide renown with support-vector machines.

You are cordially invited to the

Presentation of the
Körber European Science Prize 2019

on Friday, 13 September 2019, 10.00 to 11.30 am,
Great Festival Hall of Hamburg City Hall,
Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg


  • Words of welcome from Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Words of welcome from Dr. Lothar Dittmer, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Körber Foundation
  • Ranga Yogeshwar, science journalist, in conversation with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf; film
  • Ranga Yogeshwar in conversation with Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society and Chairman of the Körber Prize Trustee Committee
  • Presentation of the certificate by Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann and Dr. Lothar Dittmer

We would be delighted to welcome you to the presentation ceremony. If you are accredited by Hamburg City Hall, registration is not necessary. Otherwise, and if you have any questions or are interested in an interview, please contact Julian Claaßen, Körber-Stiftung Press and Communications Officer: claassen@koerber-stiftung.de, telephone: +49 (0)40 - 808 192 233.

Interview appointments

Interviews with the prize winner Bernhard Schölkopf are possible by arrangement directly before the ceremony or in the afternoon.

Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, Chairman of the Körber Prize Trustee Committee and Prof. Dr. Sir John O'Reilly, Chairman of the Search Committee Physical Science are also available for interviews.

Körber Lecture

On 12 September 2019 at 4 pm Bernhard Schölkopf will give a Körber Lecture entitled "Organizing principles underlying artificial intelligence" in lecture hall H1 of the University of Hamburg, Department of Mathematics, Geomatikum, Bundesstr. 55, 20146 Hamburg. You are also cordially invited to attend this event.

Further information

At 1,000,000 euros, the Körber European Science Prize is one of the most highly endowed research prizes. Every year since 1985, the Körber Foundation has awarded this prize for a major breakthrough in the life or physical sciences in Europe.

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Press contact
Julian Claaßen
Körber Foundation
Tel.: +49 (0)40 – 80 81 92 233 / mobile: +49 (0)151 – 73 00 52 86
E-mail: claassen@koerber-stiftung.de

Further information:
Department Science
Matthias Mayer
Kehrwieder 12
20457 Hamburg
Phone +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 142
E-Mail mayer@koerber-stiftung.de
Twitter @KoerberScience

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