Distinctions for Research: Prizes and Awards for Jülich Scientists

Prizes and Awards for Jülich Scientists

Prof. Peter Grünberg received the Nobel Prize in 2007. © The Nobel Foundation 2007 Photo: Hans Mehlin

In the world of science, there is a great variety of different prizes and awards for scientific merits and achievements. The most renowned and certainly the best known of them is the Nobel Prize, which is conferred in Stockholm every year. In 2007, Jülich scientist Peter Grünberg was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics with the French scientist Albert Fert for the discovery of giant magnetoresistance (also referred to as the GMR effect) – a great honour both for the scientist himself and Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Recent honors and awards

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Due to their sheer range and number, we cannot list all of the science prizes and awards received by researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich for their contributions to science and society since Forschungszentrum Jülich was established.

I. International prizes

Nobel Prize in Physics

2007

Prof. Peter Grünberg (Forschungszentrum Jülich) jointly with Prof. Albert Fert (Université Paris-Sud) for the discovery of the giant magnetoresistance effect (GMR effect) that paved the way for the miniaturization of hard disks.

European Inventor Award

2006

Prof. Peter Grünberg (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Kavli Prize in Nanoscience

2020

Prof. Knut Urban (Forschungszentrum Jülich) jointly with Prof. Harald Rose (Ulm University), Prof. Maximilian Haider (CEOS GmbH, Heidelberg), and Prof. Ondrej Krivanek (Nion Company, Seattle/USA)

Wolf Prize in Physics (Israel)

2011

Prof. Knut Urban (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Maximilian Haider (CEOS GmbH, Heidelberg), and Prof. Harald Rose (Technical University of Darmstadt)

2007

Prof. Peter Grünberg ( Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Japan Prize

2007

Prof. Peter Grünberg (Forschungszentrum Jülich), and Prof. Albert Fert (Université Paris-Sud)

Honda Prize

2008

Dr. Maximilian Haider (Heidelberg), Prof. Harald Rose (Darmstadt), and Prof. Knut Urban (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

2014

Prof. Maximilian Haider (CEOS GmbH, Heidelberg), Prof. Harald Rose (senior professor at Ulm University), and Prof. Knut Urban (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Further international prizes in chronological order

2024

NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Martin Winter, Helmholtz Institut Münster, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2023

Justine and Yves Sergent Award

Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Tribology Gold Medal

Dr. Bo Persson, Peter Grünberg Institut

European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Prof. Harry Vereecken, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2022

SOFT Innovation prize by the European Commission

Prof. Robert Vaßen, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Alfred Wegener Medal by the European Geoscience Union

Prof. Harry Vereecken, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Henry B. Linford Award by the Electrochemical Society

Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Helmholtz Institut Münster

IALB Research Award by the International Automotive Lithium Battery Association

Prof. Martin Winter Institute of Energy and Climate Researc, Helmholtz Institut Münster

2021

Award for Excellence by the Adhesion Society

Dr. Bo Persson, Peter Grünberg Institut

Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tire Society

Dr. Bo Persson, Peter Grünberg Institut

2020

Volta Medal Award

Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Christian Friedrich Schönbein Award, 14th EUROPEAN SOFC & SOE FORUM

Prof. Ludger Blum, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2019

Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Medal

Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Kuhl-Lassen Award 2019 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)

Prof. Alexander Drzezga, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2018

Google Faculty Research Award 2018

Prof. Kristel Michielsen, Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Distinguished Scientist Award by the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner, Nuclear Physics Institute and Institute for Advanced Simulation

2016

Lise Meitner Prize from the European Physical Society

Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner, Nuclear Physics Institute and Institute for Advanced Simulation

2013

German Research Foundation’s Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

Prof. Rainer Waser, Peter-Grünberg-Institut

II. International scholarships and grants

ERC Advanced Grant

2021

Prof. Ulf-G. Meißner, Institute for Advanced Simulation

2018
Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Dr. Martin Schultz, Jülich Supercomputing Centre

2016

Prof. Hans Ströher, Nuclear Physics Institute

2012

Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons

2010

Prof. Hans Ströher, Nuclear Physics Institute

ERC Consolidator Grant

2023

Dr. Guillaume Lobet, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2021

Prof. Nick Wierckx, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2016

Prof. Wolfgang Hoyer, Institute of Biological Information processing

2015
Prof. Dr. Samir Lounis, Peter Grünberg Institute
Prof. Hendrik Fuchs, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

ERC Synergy Grant

2023
Prof. Karl Mayrhofer, Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Prof. Carsten Sachse, Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons

2022

Prof. Stefan Tautz, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2019
Prof. Stefan Blügel, Institute for Advanced Simulation/ Peter Grünberg Institut
Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Ernst Ruska-Centre/Peter Grünberg Institute

ERC Starting Grant

2022
Dr. Georgios Gkatzelis, Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Dr. Heidi Heinrichs, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2021
Dr. Jenna Poonoosamy, Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Prof. Michael Saliba, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2019

Prof. Benedikt Sabass, Institut of Complex Systems

2017

Prof. Julia Frunzke und Prof. Dörthe Rother und Dr. Christian Wagner, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2014

Prof. Pitter Huesgen und Prof. Jan Marienhagen, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2012

Prof. Paul Kögerler, Peter Grünberg Institute

III. International awards and memberships

2023

„Médaille d'honneur“ des Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Prof. Astrid Lambrecht, Chair of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering des Vereinigten Königreichs

Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt, former Chair of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States

Prof. David DiVincenzo, Peter Grünberg Institut

2022

Member of the Academia Europaea

Prof. Gereon Fink, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Fellow and Global Ambassador of the American Ceramics Society

Prof. Olivier Guillion, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Fellow of the Materials Research Society

Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Helmholtz Institut Münster

2021

Fellow of the European Ceramic Society

Prof. Olivier Guillion, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Corresponding Member of the Slovenian Academy of Engineering

Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Helmholtz Institut Münster

2020

Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) der USA

Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt, Chair of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Member of the International Advisory Council for Global Bioeconomy

Prof. Ulrich Schurr, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2019

Honorary member of the Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna

Prof. Paolo Carloni, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Member of the World Academy of Ceramics

Prof. Olivier Guillon, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2018

Honorary doctorate of the Iwane Dschawachischwili University Tiflis

Prof. Ulf G. Meißner, Nuclear Physics Institute and Institute for Advanced Simulation

Medal of Honor of the Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan

Prof. Syed M. Qaim, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Honorary doctorate of the Tel Aviv University

Prof. Knut Urban, Ernst Ruska-Centrum

2016

John Dalton Medal (European Geosciences Union)

Prof. Harry Verrecken, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Henry Wagner, Jr, MD Image of the year Award (Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)

Dr. Gérard Nisal Bischof, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2014

Hatsujiro Hashimoto Medal by the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy

Prof. Deutsche Jia, Peter Grünberg Institut and Ernst Ruska-Centrum

2012

Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes academiques:

Dr. Sybille Krummacher, Forschungszentrum Jülich

2010

Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Prize

Prof. Claus M. Schneider, Peter-Grünberg-Institut

2003

French National Order of the Legion of Honour

Prof. Dr. Joachim Treusch, then Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

IV. International awards for early-career scientists

2022

Gehard Ertl Young Investigator Award by the German Physical Society (DPG)

Dr. Taner Esat, Peter Grünberg Institut

2020

Brain Imaging Council Young Investigator Award 2020 by the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)

Dr. Merle Hönig, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2019

Enzo Ferroni Award for a Young Scientist by the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS)

Dr. Christian Lang, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science

Biotrans Junior Award 2019

Prof. Dörte Rother, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2018

Early Career Research Award der Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANST)

Dr. Gabriel Patrick Lynch Murphy, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2011

Nicholas Metropolis Award by the American Physical Society

Dr. Dmitry Fedosov, Jülich Institute of Complex Systems

V. National prizes and awards

German Future Prize: Prize of the Federal President for Technology and Innovation

2002
Prof. Maria-Regina Kula, Dr. Martina Pohl, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

1998
Prof. Peter Grünberg, Peter-Grünberg-Institut

Erwin Schrödinger Prize of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (and the Helmholtz Association)

2013
Prof. Nicolas Brüggemann, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences and four other members of a German-Chinese research group

2009

Dr. Martin Bram, Prof. Hans-Peter Buchkremer, Prof. Detlev Stöver, Institute of Energy and Climate Research and Dr. Thomas Imwinkelried, Synthes

2005
Prof. Peter Tass, former Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, and Prof. Volker Sturm, University of Cologne

2002
Prof. Jürgen Allgaier, Prof. Dieter Richter, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Prof. Gerhard Gompper, Institute of Biological Information processing and Dr. Thomas Sottmann, Prof. Reinhard Strey, University of Cologne

German Research Foundation’s Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

2014
Prof. Rainer Waser, Peter Grünberg Institut

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

2016
Prof. Wolf Frommer

2010
Prof. David DiVincenzo, Peter-Grünberg-Institut

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2012
Dr. Dmitry A. Fedosov, Institute of Biological Information processing

Further national prizes in chronological order

2023

Helmholtz High Impact Award

Prof. Michael Saliba, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2022

North Rhine-Westphalia Innovation Award
Dr. Gabriela Figueroa Miranda und Dr. Viviana Rincón Montes, Institut für Biologische Informationsprozesse

2021

Bernd Rendel Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Dr. Simon Rosanka, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Hector Science Award of the Hector Foundation

Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Klaus Tschira Boost Fund of the Klaus Tschira Foundation

Dr. Georgios Gkatzelis, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Klaus Tschira Boost Fund of the Klaus Tschira Foundation

Dr. Miriam Menzel, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Harald Rose Lecture Award of the German Society for Electron Microscopy

Prof. Joachim Meyer, Ernst Ruska Centrum

2020

Heinz Maier Leibnitz Award of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Prof. Michael Saliba, Institute of Energy and Climate Research and Institute of Photovoltaic University Stuttgart

Prize of the DECHEMA Future Forum Biotechnology

Laura Helleckes, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Energy Research Prize 2020 of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of NRW

Dr. Steffen Schemme, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Innovation Award of the BioRegionen in Germany

Prof. Dieter Willbold, Institute of Biological Information Processing

Friedrich Wilhelm Award of the Friedrich Wilhelm Foundation

Laura Helleckes, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Geoverbund ABC/J- Research prize for young scientists

Dr. Anne Klosterhalfen, Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften

August Homburger Award 2020

Dr. Vanessa Reindl, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2019

Dr. Klaus Erkelenz Award

Dr. Evan Berkowitz, Institute for Advanced Simulation

BioSC Supervision Award 2019

Dr. Stephan Noack, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Friedrich Wilhelm Award of the RWTH Aachen

Dr.-Ing. Jamal Slim, Nuclear Physics Institute

Arfvedson Schlenk Award of the German Chemical Society

Prof. Dr. Martin Winter, Helmholtz-Institut Münster, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Dieter Möhl Medal of the international COOL 2019 conference in Novosibirsk

Dr. Rolf Stassen, Nuclear Physics Institute

2018

DECHEMA Prize 2018

Prof. Dörte Rother, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Research Prize 2018 of the University of Münster (WWU)

Prof. Dr. Martin Winter, Helmholtz-Institut Münster, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Heinrich Pette Award of the German Neurological Society

Prof. Christian Grefkes, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Wayne B. Nottingham Prize 2018 by the Physical Electronics Conference (PEC)

Felix Lüpke, Peter Grünberg Institut

2016

Research prize of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)

Prof. Julia Frunzke, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Du Bois-Reymond Prize from the German Physiological Society (DPG)

Dr. Jan-Philipp Machtens, Institute of Complex Systems – Cellular Biophysics

Braunschweig Research Prize

Prof. Martin Winter, Helmholtz-Institut Münster and Institute of Energy and climate research

f-cell award – innovation prize for fuel cells

Vitali Weißbecker, Andreas Schulze Lohoff and Klaus Wedlich, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2012

Steel Innovation Prize

Forschungszentrum Jülich and ThyssenKrupp

2011

Niels-A.-Lassen-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Klinische Neurophysiologie und Funktionelle Bildgebung

Dr. Christian Grefkes, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Deutscher Innovationspreis Medizin
Prof. Peter Tass, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2009

Walter Hälg Prize
Prof. Dieter Richter, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science

2006

Beckurts Prize
Team of three scientists, with Prof. Knut Urban, Ernst-Ruska-Centrum

VI. National awards and memberships

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

2022
Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2018
Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Helmholtz-Institut Münster

2002
Prof. Heiner Müller-Krumbhaar, Peter Grünberg Institute and Institute for Advanced Simulation

1997
Prof. Joachim Treusch, former Chair of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

2024
Prof. Astrid Lambrecht, Chair of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich

2023
Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2022
Prof. Wulf Amelung, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2021
Prof. Svenja Caspers, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Elected to the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

2021
Prof. Tommaso Calarco, Peter Grünberg Institut

Elected to the Academy of Science NRW

2021
Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Helmholtz Institut Münster

Elected to the to the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz

2019
Prof. Dr. Markus Diesmann, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

Elected to the Young Academy of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

2022
Dr. Vincent Mourik, Peter Grünberg Institut

2019
Jun.-Prof. Alexander Grünberger, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

„Einheitsbotschafter“ of North Rhine-Westphalia

2021
Prof. Martin Winter, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Helmholtz Institut Münster

Rudolf Diesel Medal of the German Institute for Inventions

2008
Prof. Peter Grünberg, Peter-Grünberg-Institut

VII. National awards for early career scientists

NRW Innovation Award

2018
Dr. Bugra Turan, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

2015
Dr. Stephan Binder, Dr. Georg Schaumann, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

Further national awards for early career scientists in chronological order

2024

Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Dr. Casey Paquola, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine

2023

ICSOS Young Scientist Prize

Anja Haags, former Peter Grünberg Institut

2022

Gehard Ertl Young Investigator Award by the German Physical Society (DPG)

Dr. Taner Esat, Peter Grünberg Institut

Early Career Award by the the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Prof. Francesca Santoro, Institut für Biologische Informationsprozesse

2020

Wolfram Prandl Award for Early Career Scientists

Dr. Sabrina Disch, former Jülich Centre for Neutron Science

2019

DECHEMA University Lecturer Young Talent Award for Biotechnology 2019

Jun.-Prof. Alexander Grünberger, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences

2011

RWE Future Award

Dr. John Kettler, Institute of Energy and Climate Research

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