2024 Konrad Adenauer Research Award goes to Canadian geophysicist

Mark Jellinek receives this year’s research award to strengthen scientific and cultural relations between Canada and Germany

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In selecting Mark Jellinek, Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is honouring a leading representative of Earth system science. Research in this field addresses the Earth from an interdisciplinary perspective as a “whole ”, as a dynamic system that interacts with physical, chemical and biological processes. Global environmental change and the influence of human behaviour are its main focus. 

As a geophysicist, Mark Jellinek explores magmatic and volcanic processes and hazards, geodynamics – that is, the movement processes taking place in the Earth’s interior and on its surface – long-term climate change, surface processes and the development of the Earth and other rocky planets. What impact does volcanic activity have on climate change – and how does climate change influence volcanic activity and tectonics? Jellinek’s experimental studies have delivered highly relevant, pioneering approaches to these Earth system research issues. As well as his research, Jellinek also focuses on communication, promoting junior researchers and teaching. For the latter, he has received numerous other awards, such as the Killam Teaching Prize der University of British Columbia – in addition to awards for his research. As the holder of the Konrad Adenauer Research Award, Mark Jellinek will cooperate with the physicist and scientific director of the Göttingen-based Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation (MPIDS), Eberhard Bodenschatz.

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The Konrad Adenauer Research Award

The Humboldt Foundation’s Konrad Adenauer Research Award honours researchers from Canada whose fundamental discoveries and insights have shaped their discipline over and beyond their immediate field of work and whose personalities and research have helped to strengthen academic and cultural relations between Canada and Germany. Funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the award is valued at 60,000 euros. The award winners are also invited to conduct a research project of their own choosing in Germany in cooperation with specialist colleagues.


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