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This year, the award, which is worth 100,000 euros, goes to a physicist from Karlsruhe and a cancer researcher from Heidelberg.

According to the Ministry of Science, Anke-Susanne Müller from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Stefan Pfister from the Children’s Cancer Center Heidelberg (KiTZ) were honored. The award, which is associated with 100,000 euros each for outstanding achievements in basic research and in applied research, is considered the most valuable research prize in a federal state. It is awarded every two years.

State Science Prize for Anke-Susanne Müller from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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Ministry also honors courage in science

A prize for courageous science will also be awarded again this year: The award, which is worth 30,000 euros, is shared by the economist Katrin Schmelz (University of Konstanz) and the archaeologist Sireen El Zaatari (University of Tübingen). “Both receive the highest respect worldwide,” said Science Minister Petra Olschowski (Greens) on Thursday in Stuttgart about the research award winners. Science, research and innovation have always thrived on the courage to break new ground. That’s why Schmelz and El Zaatari were also awarded. The award winners can use the money to tackle a research project of their choice.

Ministry speaks of “groundbreaking contributions”

The 50-year-old physicist Anke-Susanne Müller heads the Institute for Accelerator Physics and Technology at KIT and deals with the question of how particle accelerators can be operated more efficiently and with less energy. Müller and her team “made groundbreaking contributions to the generation of high-intensity, ultra-short electron bunches in particle accelerators,” praised the ministry. Among other things, they have developed hardware and software components with which particle beams can also be controlled with the help of artificial intelligence.

The 48-year-old cancer researcher Stefan Pfister has made a name for himself by researching and developing new diagnostic and therapeutic methods for childhood brain tumors. With his team at the Hopp Children’s Cancer Center KiTZ, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD), he developed software packages with artificial intelligence that can be used to classify brain and other tumors very precisely on a molecular level.

Extra prize for research under difficult conditions

The Konstanz psychologist Katrin Schmelz has got involved in controversial questions about corona policy. With her behavioral research, the 44-year-old has shown that some – but not all – measures can trigger resistance in the population if they are enforced as mandatory. As a result, these measures could undermine voluntary preparedness and ultimately be counterproductive.


From April 3rd, almost all corona rules will no longer apply in Germany.  The mask, as a symbol of the pandemic, no longer has to be worn indoors.  (Photo: picture-alliance / report services, picture alliance/dpa | Frank Rumpenhorst)

On April 3rd almost all Corona rules will fall in BW. Psychologist and behavioral economist Katrin Schmelz from the University of Konstanz explains what effect this can have on people.

“Your research challenges the basic assumptions of your discipline,” praised the ministry. Schmelz has also researched mandatory climate protection measures and found that they can cause more resistance than, for example, mandatory corona vaccination.

“People wanted me to position myself, but my research has shown both the pros and cons of the measures, especially when it comes to compulsory vaccination.”

Archaeologist conducts field studies in Lebanon

The archaeologist Sireen El Zataari, who grew up in Lebanon, wants to revive Paleolithic research in her homeland, which was ended by the war. To this end, she conducts field studies under difficult political and social conditions. “We have already been able to ascertain that there is great potential for research work and new discoveries in Lebanon,” says the 45-year-old. “We are very confident that we can expand our knowledge of the migrations of our ancestors across the Old World continents – Africa, Asia and Europe.”

State research prize has a long tradition

The State Research Prize has been awarded since 1989. Prize winners and award-winning scientists have so far come from the fields of biology or finance, as well as from paleoanthropology or research into artificial intelligence. The Ministry awards the State Research Prize in alternating years with the State Teaching Prize.

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