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 and the human and social sciences. The objective of the Max Planck Society 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 2013 will be conferred in the area of life sciences in the subject
“The Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystems”.
The long-term effects of climate change are expected to have a major impact on global ecosystems. Such impacts may initially only gradually manifest themselves in the composition of soil organisms or freshwater communities, while other effects on flora and fauna will become more immediately apparent.
The exact consequences, for example, on human food sources, cannot be foreseen. The Max Planck Research Award is to be given in recognition to individuals who, both in the lab and in the field, conduct research into the potential effects of climate change on our ecosystem, both in terms of their function and anticipated dynamics.
Nominations for qualified female scientific researchers are especially welcome. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2013.
For additional information please refer to the detailed nomination documents.