25 January 2013

Presentation of the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize 2012

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty signed by General de Gaulle and Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, which established the foundations for German-French friendship, the French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Annette Schavan, offer their congratulations to the German researchers Hermann Nicolai and Hendrik Ziegler and the French researchers Elisabeth Giacobino and Jean-Michel Raimond at the presentation of the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize 2012.

The two ministers will present the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize to the French and German award winners in Paris on 15 April 2013. The event will also be attended by members and fellows of the Humboldt Foundation as well as representatives of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and three Institut de France academies: Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres, Académie des sciences morales et politiques and Académie des sciences, which is responsible of organising the annual selection of German candidates.

The Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize

The Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize was first presented in 1983 and is valued at €60,000. The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche) presents the award each year. Two awards go to German researchers of international renown, who are proposed by the French partners with whom they have or are planning collaborations. The winners are preferably two researchers with different profiles – one an experienced researcher and one a junior researcher. The award is presented with the cooperation of the Académie des sciences - Institut de France, which appoints the judging panel from academy members.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presents the award to French researchers who want to conduct a long-term research project in cooperation with their specialist colleagues in Germany. Nominations are made by experienced German researchers. The Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize is part of the programme for the Humboldt Research Award, which the Humboldt Foundation presents to leading foreign researches in all disciplines. Every year, up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards are presented to international researchers whose work or discoveries have a key and sustainable impact in their research area and who are also expected to make outstanding achievements in the future.

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