Otto Hahn Medal / Otto Hahn Award
It’s a real heavyweight: the Otto Hahn Medal with which very good achievements on the part of Max Planck junior scientists are recognized, weighs a proud 400 grams. The Otto Hahn Award helps junior scientists gain experience in running their own research project.
Every year, the Max Planck Society awards the Otto Hahn Medal and 7,500 euros of prize money to its best junior scientists - mostly for achievements in connection with their doctorates. Particularly outstanding doctoral students even have the chance to win the Otto Hahn Award. It comes with the chance to run their own research project at a Max Planck Institute of their choice, and it is intended to encourage them to pursue their career in Germany.
The young scientists are nominated by the Directors of the Max Planck Institutes at which they have conducted research for their doctoral thesis.