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Max Planck Research Award was presented on 11 October in Berlin

One of science’s most valuable prizes goes to Katharina Pistor and Martin Hellwig

October 11, 2012

The Max Planck Research Award is one of Germany’s most valuable science prizes. Financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the award is presented annually by the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to two outstanding scientists. The award always goes to two internationally renowned scientists from Germany and abroad. The award theme in 2012 was the “Regulation of International Financial Markets”. The recipients are Katharina Pistor of Columbia University Law School and Martin Hellwig of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. They will each receive 750,000 euros.
Katarina Pistor and Martin Hellwig are the recepients of the Max Planck Research Award 2012 Zoom Image
Katarina Pistor and Martin Hellwig are the recepients of the Max Planck Research Award 2012

Calls for nominations for the award have been invited since 2004 on an annually rotating basis in specific sub-fields of the natural sciences and engineering, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities. The objective of the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in presenting these joint research awards is to give added momentum to specialist fields that are either not yet established in Germany or that deserve to be expanded.

The presentation of the Max Planck Research Award for 2012 in Berlin on 11 October honours two internationally outstanding personalities in the world of science. Katharina Pistor has taught and researched as a Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School in New York since 2001. She began her scientific career in Freiburg, London and Harvard, and received her doctorate from the LMU Munich. After carrying out both teaching and research work at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law and the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard), she served as a visiting professor at the Institute for Law and Finance (Frankfurt), the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. Katharina Pistor is a member of the Center of Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute (where she currently sits on the Supervisory Board). As further proof of her influence as an economic policy researcher, she has been called upon to give expert opinions by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Martin Hellwig is recognised as one of the most influential German economists of his generation. He has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn since 2004, after having worked at the Universities of Stanford, Princeton, Bonn, Basel, Harvard and Mannheim. He graduated in economics from the University of Heidelberg in 1970, and was awarded a doctorate in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Martin Hellwig is also a scientific adviser to the political community and served from 1998 to 2006 as a member and for a time chairman of the (German) Monopolies Commission. He was also the first Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board and is currently Deputy Chairman of this body.

The award recipients will each receive 750,000 euros to finance their research, and in particular also to fund cooperation with scientists in other countries.

Award ceremony and gala dinner Humboldt-Carré | 10117 Berlin

Please note that you can only gain admission to the awards ceremony following prior registration and with an invitation card! We would be glad to accept your accreditation for both dates.

 
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