Professor Michal Kucera, Vice President for Research and Transfer at the University of Bremen, emphasized at the award ceremony in the City Hall that "outstanding scientific achievements are characterized by innovation and creativity, through which new knowledge can develop outside the well-trodden paths. They form the basis for approaches to solutions and new perspectives to address the major problems of our time." He added that the award winners had demonstrated this in an impressive manner.
The “unifreunde” has been recognizing exceptional graduation achievements since 1983. The vice president thanked the association for their long-standing commitment. He also expressed his heartfelt thanks to the company Bruker Daltonics GmbH und Co. KG as the donor of a special prize.
Bremen Senator for Science and Ports, Dr. Claudia Schilling, said: "Our knowledge society needs outstanding young researchers like those who have now been honored. As highly qualified specialists, they play a key role in the progress of scientific institutions and thus also in many areas of society. And it cannot be reiterated often enough that the state of Bremen's spending on science generates indispensable regional economic, financial, and societal benefits. Our science system generates an annual value added of around 1.5 billion euros. Its further development and the promotion of young researchers are therefore central to the future success of Bremen and Bremerhaven."
The winners of the 2022 Bremen Thesis Award for outstanding final theses are:
Dissertation in the field of natural and engineering sciences:
Dr. Steven Franke from the Department of Earth Sciences on the topic of “Deciphering past and present ice flow patterns from radar reflections.”
Master’s thesis in the field of natural and engineering sciences:
Mara Neudert from the Faculty of Physics on the topic “Roughness and backscatter of the Nansen Sound sea ice plug.”
Dissertation in the field of social sciences and humanities:
Dr. Andreas Gutmann from the Faculty of Law on the topic: “Hybrid right-wing subjectivity: The Rights of ‘Nature or Pachamama’ in the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008.”
Master’s thesis in the field of social sciences and humanities:
Christine Müller from the Faculty of Social Sciences for her thesis entitled: “Browsing with Terrorists? An Empirical Analysis of (Counter-) Terrorism Discourses and Measures of the European Union for Combating Cyberterrorism and Terrorist Internet Usage.”
Special prize from Bruker Daltonics GmbH & Co. KG in the field of natural and engineering sciences for Dr. Muhammad Hassan from the Faculty of Computer Science for his dissertation “Enhanced Modern Virtual Prototype based Verification Flow for Heterogeneous Systems.”