Since 2004, the Max Planck Research Award is conferred annually to two internationally renowned scientists, one of whom works in Germany and one of whom works abroad.
Calls for nominations for the award are invited on an annually rotating basis in specific sub-areas of the natural sciences and engineering, the life sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. The objective of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in presenting this joint research award is to give added momentum to specialist fields that are either not yet established in Germany or that deserve to be expanded.
The Max Planck Research Award 2016 will be conferred in the area of life sciences in the subject
Reductionist approaches in biology have enabled a deep understanding of physiological processes and the underlying molecular mechanisms and structures. Recent conceptual and methodological advances in life sciences increasingly led to a more systemic approach, posing new challenges of interdisciplinary research and the bridging of scales from the molecular to the organismic level. Organismal biology aims at an integration of this entire spectrum of biological investigation. This research will be required to understand life at all levels from cells and tissues to organisms and their performance, eventually to address questions of both ecology and evolution. The Max Planck Research Award will be conferred to individuals who conduct outstanding interdisciplinary research at the forefront of organismal biology, with a particular focus on sensing the environment.
Nominations for qualified female scientific researchers are especially welcome. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016.
For additional information please refer to the detailed nomination documents.