13 Max Planck researchers win EU funding

13 researchers from the institutes of the Max Planck Society, including five women scientists, have been awarded prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants. They each receive up to two million euros for their research projects.

The Consolidator Grants are aimed at scientists with at least seven and up to twelve years of experience after obtaining their PhDs, who carry out their project at a European research institution. In Germany, the Max Planck Society was the most successful institution in this fourth round of bidding, awarded under the ‘excellent science pillar’ of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation programme, ahead of Helmholtz Association, the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and the Technical University of Munich (four grants each).

Across Europe, only the Center National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) had a bigger share of grants, topping the ranking with 20 recipients. Other successful European institutions include the University of Oxford (eight grants), University College London (seven grants) and the Weizmann Institute (six grants).

Of the 13 MPG successful researchers, four are involved in research in the life sciences, six in the field of physics and technology, and three in social and human sciences.

Chemistry, Physics & Technology

Thorsten Mauritsen, MPI for Meteorology, Hamburg
Christian Theobalt, MPI for Informatics, Saarbrücken
Jean-Luc Lehners, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam
Richard Kramer Campen, Fritz Haber Institute of the MPG, Berlin
Sherry Suyu, MPI for Astrophysics, Garching
Baptiste Gault, MPI für Eisenforschung Dusseldorf

Biology & Medicine

Tatiana Korotkova, MPI for Metabolism Research, Cologne
Michael Potente, MPI for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim
Thomas Burg, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
Sara Wickström, MPI for the Biology of Aging, Cologne

Humanities and Social Sciences

Judith Holler, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Simone Pika, MPI for the History of Human Science, Jena
Wolfgang Haak, MPI for the History of Human Science, Jena


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