• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

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Science award of the Hector Foundation II for professors from Bremen, Munich and Dresden

HEIDELBERG/WEINHEIM. An exciting journey into the nearly unlimited world of natural science took place on Friday, 31st January, 2014. It was the award ceremony for the Hector Science Award at the hotel “Europäischer Hof” in Heidelberg. The three new awardees – Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (University of Bremen), Prof. Dr. Dr. Christoph Klein (Ludwig-Maximilians-University  Munich) and Prof. Dr. Karl Leo (Technical University of Dresden) gave insights into their research fields.

In 2009 the award was granted for the first time to outstanding scientists of German Elite universities – the prize money is 150,000 € each.

Antje Boetius explores the deep-sea and the polar regions. Her commitment in this field built bridges between biology, chemistry and geosciences. The professor for geobiology for example studies how even the tiniest source of energy can efficiently be used to support life. She has participated in more than 40 expeditions of international research vessels so far and explores, among others, the evidences of rapid changes in the Arctic ecosystem caused by the decline of Arctic sea ice.

Christoph Klein is a prime example in combining clinical medicine with fundamental research on the treatment of children with rare diseases. His research focuses on diseases of the blood and immune system. Three years ago Professor Klein founded the "Care-for-Rare-Foundation", to which he will donate part of his prize money. This foundation helps children with rare diseases all around the world, regardless of their origin and their financial situation.

Karl Leo is one of the international leading scientists in the field of organic semiconductors. These semiconductors enable a variety of applications such as in organic light emitting diodes, which require very low voltages, increasing the efficiency of displays significantly. Many of his research results have been recently implemented in the industrial field.