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Successful young researchers: Prizes awarded by the Giersch Foundation


The non-profit Giersch Foundation and the Helmholtz Graduate School "HGS-HIRe for FAIR" recently awarded the Giersch Excellence Awards and Giersch Excellence Grants for excellent doctoral theses and promising doctoral courses. For the fifth time, outstanding young researchers were honoured. The award ceremony took place in the lecture hall of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) on the Riedberg campus.

This year, the "Giersch Award for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis", worth 6000 euros each, was presented to six young researchers for their completed dissertations who have demonstrated their exceptional scientific talent: Julian Kahlbow, Kristian Lars König und Steffen Georg Weber (all TU Darmstadt) as well as Moritz Greif, Hanna Malygina und Pierre Moreau (all Goethe University Frankfurt ).

Another 24 promising young researchers, currently in the doctoral phase at universities in the region, were awarded a "Giersch Excellence Grant" of 2500 euros each: Esther Bartsch, Patrick Huhn, Daniel Koser, Osnan Maragoto Maragoto Rodriguez, Anton Motornenko, Christian Michael Reisinger, Olga Soloveva, Jan Staudenmaier, Lukas Weih, Michael Wondrak, Frédéric Kornas, Phillip Imgram, Jacob Lee, Sajjad Hussain Mirza, Franziska Papenfuß, Marius Peck, Tabea Pfuhl, Niels Schlusser, Pascal Simon, Martin Jakob Steil, Kshitij Agarwal, Raphael Haas, Daria Kostyleva and Sêro Zähter.

The young scientists were chosen by a selection committee consisting of expert representatives of the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Technische Universität Darmstadt and chaired by Professor Henner Büsching.

The Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research "HGS-HIRe for FAIR" is a joint endeavor of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, the universities at Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Giessen, Heidelberg and Mainz together with FIAS to promote and support structured PhD education for research associated with GSI and FAIR. Currently, within this framework more than 300 doctoral students are working on their dissertations with a connection to GSI and FAIR. (BP)

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The award winners
The presentation of the Giersch Excellence Awards and Giersch Excellence Grants to the young researchers.
Photo: Uwe Dettmar