Call for nominations for 2016 Max Planck Research Award

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society have issued a call for nominations for their joint research award for the year 2016. The deadline for nominations is 15 January 2016.

The 2016 Max Planck Research Award will target outstanding scientists who conduct interdisciplinary research in the area of organismal biology with a particular focus on sensory perception of the environment. Nominations for the award, which comes with €750,000 in funding, will be accepted until 15 January 2016.

Organismal biology deals with the diversity of living organisms. It aims to reach a better understanding of life at all levels, starting with cells and tissue and extending all the way to organisms and their behaviour in their environment. Organismal biology seeks to incorporate the entire spectrum of biological investigation in order to reach new insights and additionally address questions in the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Max Planck Research Award is granted annually to one researcher working abroad and one working in Germany. The awards are designed to sustain and give new impetus to particularly forward-looking research areas in Germany.

The research award is granted jointly by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society. The call for nominations rotates on an annual basis between partial fields within the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences and the humanities. The heads of universities and research institutions in Germany are eligible to submit nominations. Nominations of qualified female researchers are particularly welcome.

The 2015 Max Planck Research Awards will be presented to the social philosopher Hans Joas from Germany and the sociologist of religion Bryan S. Turner from the USA in a formal ceremony to be held in Berlin on 8 December. They are considered to be guiding intellectual forces in matters of religion and the modern age.

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