Leibniz Prizes

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Prof. Nicole Dubilier

The Bremen marine researcher receives the Leibniz Prize in recognition of her research on symbioses between micro-organisms and marine animals. The Professor for Microbial Symbioses is also Director of the Bremen Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and project leader at MARUM, the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen.

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Prof. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs

Professor Kai-Uwe Hinrichs and his team are investigating the role marine micro-organisms play in the carbon cycle which is so important for the Earth’s climate. Their interdisciplinary research combines geoscientific approaches with analytical chemical and microbial procedures.

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Prof. Antje Boetius

The Bremen marine biologist focusses on microorganisms and their impact on the climate worldwide. Prof. Boetius was the first to proof certain symbioses on the ocean's ground.

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Prof. Frank Vollertsen

In 2002, Professor Frank Vollertsen received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for his interdisciplinary research which combines material science, laser technique and manufacturing technologies. In the scope of a DFG program of emphasis, his research project "Forming of structured plate with multiple membranes"offered new scientific findings. The engineering scientist is working at the BIAS - Bremer Institut für angewandte Strahltechnik.

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Prof. Ekkard Brinksmeier

Ekkard Brinksmeier, Professor for Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Bremen was the first Bremen researcher to be awarded with the Leibniz Prize by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [German Research Foundation]. The Prize is endowed with 3 million Deutschmark and is thereby the highest-paying award for research in Germany. Brinksmeier received the Prize for his research in the area of material and manufacturing processes. "His work builds bridges between basic research and industrial application," says the jury.