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The Berlin Science Award of the Governing Mayor

09.11.2018 | Recognition of outstanding scientific achievements - the Berlin Science Award

In order to honour, promote and place particularly noteworthy research achievements in the public spotlight, the governing mayor has been awarding the Berlin Science Award for eleven years now.


The main prize is endowed with 40,000 euros, with the money going to the institution where the scientific work was carried out, thus supporting further research.
In the course of the award ceremony, an achievement by young scientists* under the age of 35 will also be rewarded and supported with 10,000 euros.

The winners of the year 2018

This year, the Berlin Science Award went to Prof. Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier from the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology. In 2012, she published the first scientific documentation on the use of the CRISPR/Cas method with Jennifer Doudna. It was named "Breakthrough of the Year" by the journal Science 2015. The award of the governing mayor Michael Müller for this and further innovative research in the field of gene regulation consequently went to Prof. Dr. Charpentier.

Dr. Daniela Rupp from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short-Term Spectroscopy received the award for young scientists. She provided new insights and perspectives in experimental ultra-short time physics with high potential for further research.