Successful young researchers are awarded prizes by the Giersch Foundation


For excellent doctoral theses and promising doctoral progress, the non-profit Giersch Foundation together with the Helmholtz Graduate School "HGS-HIRe for FAIR" awarded the Giersch Excellence Awards and Giersch Excellence Grants 2021. Since the award was established in 2015, it has honored outstanding young researchers.

This time, the "Giersch Award for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis", worth 6000 euros each, was presented to four young researchers for their completed dissertations who have demonstrated their exceptional scientific talent: Dr. Frédéric Julian Kornas („Global polarization of Λ hyperons as a probe for vortical effects in A+A collisions at HADES“, TU Darmstadt), Dr. Daria Kostyleva („Experimental Studies of Proton-Unbound Nuclei via In-Flight Decay Spectroscopy“, Justus Liebig University Gießen), Dr. Tabea Pfuhl („Influence of secondary electron spectra on the enhanced effectiveness of ion beams”, TU Darmstadt) und Dr. Lukas Weih („Multimessenger Approaches to Exploring Dense Matter in Neutron Stars“, 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 2,500 euros each: Nora Weickgenannt, Jan Fotakis, Jan-Erik Christian, Carolin Schlosser, Marc Winstel, Tim Rogoschinski, Matthias Kleiner, Michael Jung, Patrick Müller, Thorsten Conrad, Manjunath Omana Kuttan, Simon Spies, Sabrina Huth, Jan Hoppe, Leon Kirsch, Verena Velthaus, Patrick Müller, Maximilian Wiest, Wilhelm Krüger, Simon Lauber, Julian List, Gabriella Kripko-Koncz, Esther Menz und Nico Santowsky.

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. For pandemic reasons, the traditional award ceremony was not held in attendance form.

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.

The Giersch Foundation was established in 1994 by the founding couple Senator E.h. Professor Carlo Giersch and his wife Senator E.h. Karin Giersch and is committed to the fields of science and research, art and culture as well as the promotion of medical projects in the Rhine-Main area. (BP)

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