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DFG announces recipients of 2012 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize
Date:3/20/2012

The new recipients of the most important prize for early-career researchers in Germany have been announced. The selection committee, appointed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), has chosen three young men and three young women to receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2012. The winners are:

  • Dr. Denis Gebauer, Chemistry, University of Constance
  • Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, Physics, Max Planck Institute of Astronomy, Heidelberg
  • Dr. Katrin Paeschke, Biochemistry, University of Wrzburg
  • Dr. Stefan Roth, Computer Science, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Dr. Pieter Samyn, Production Engineering, University of Freiburg
  • Dr. Yee Lee Shing, Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

A total of 125 candidates from all areas of research were nominated for the 2012 awards. "This year, the internationality of the prizewinners was particularly impressive. This was apparent not only in the individuals themselves, but also their scientific careers and research focuses," said the chair of the selection committee, DFG Vice President Dorothea Wagner, following the decision. She was also pleased to note that there were three male and three female prizewinners. "Overall, the quality of the nominations was so high that ten prizes could have been awarded," Wagner emphasised.

The 2012 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes will be awarded at 2 pm on 23 May in the Landesvertretung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Berlin.

This year's prizewinners:

Dr. Denis Gebauer (33), Chemistry, University of Constance

Denis Gebauer has been awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz prize for his outstanding research in the field of physical chemistry. His pioneering work on the calcium carbonate system resulted in ground-breaking discoveries which revolutionised the scientific perspective of nucleation and crystallis
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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