The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has singled out six international researchers between 31 and 36 years of age for one of Germany's most valuable science awards: the winners will each be granted up to 1.65 million EUR.
With the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, young researchers receive risk capital for innovative projects during an early stage in their careers. The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows them to conduct research at a German university or research institute for a period of up to five years and develop their own research groups for this at their host institutes. The award is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards will be presented to the recipients on 22 November in a formal ceremony in Berlin.
The recently selected award winners, their respective home country / last country of residence, research focus and host institute are:
Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu: How developing life is shaped
Turkey / USA, Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Department of Genome Regulation
Kenji Fukushima: The evolution of carnivorous plants
Japan / USA, Evolutionary Biology, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Julius von Sachs Institute of Biosciences
Milica Gasic: How computers can understand us better
Serbia / United Kingdom, Artificial Intelligence, Image and Language Processing, Saarland University, Department of Language Science and Technology
Hitoshi Omori: Don't be shy of contradictions
Japan / Japan, Theoretical Philosophy, Ruhr-University Bochum, Chair of Logic and Epistemology
Paola Pinilla: Insights into the formation of new planets
Colombia / USA, Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Planet and Star Formation Department
Fritz Renner: Fighting depression with imagination
Germany / United Kingdom, Clinical Psychology, University of Freiburg, Department of Psychology
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide - including 55 Nobel Prize winners.