Mourning for the passing of President Roman Herzog
Former German President Roman Herzog has died. It was under his auspices that the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology, was instituted and awarded for the first time in 1997. In the wake of a now famous call to 'pull together' (Berlin speech, 1997) and cultivate a readiness for reform and willingness to change, the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology was established. Its intent: draw more public attention to and encourage world-class scientific achievements and turn them into economic successes. President Roman Herzog thus provided a powerful stimulus to Germany as a center for innovation and science. Last year, the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology was awarded for the 20th time.