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News • 15.09.2021

The nominees shortlisted for the 2021 award

The nominees for the 2021 Deutscher Zukunftspreis will be announced today at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

The nomination for the short list, the best candidates, is preceded by a complex process. The major German scientific, trade and industry associations propose innovative developments for the award following intensive review. In a multi-stage process, a ten-member jury of experts then assesses the scientific achievement and economic significance of the proposed projects as well as their ability to create jobs – as defined by the award’s statutes.

The nominees are:

Team I:  Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Flohr (spokesperson), Dr. rer. nat. Björn Kreisler and Dr. rer. biol. hum. Stefan Ulzheimer of Siemens Healthineers AG, Forchheim,

Team II:  Dr. rer. nat. Carla Recker (spokesperson), Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Prüfer and Dr. rer. nat. Christian Schulze Gronover, of Continental AG, Hannover, the University of Münster and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Münster,

Team III:  Prof. Dr. med. Uğur Şahin (spokesperson) / PD Dr. med. Özlem Türeci and Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Huber as well as Prof. Katalin Karikó, Ph.D. of BioNTech SE in Mainz.

Click here for images and impressions of the announcement.

With this award German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier honors scientists, academics, and engineers who have developed solutions to urgent social challenges thanks to excellent basic and cutting-edge research.

The jury will not decide this year’s prizewinners until November 17. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will present the 2021 Deutscher Zukunftspreis to the winning team on the evening of the same day at a gala award ceremony. The Deutscher Zukunftspreis is endowed with € 250,000 in prize money.

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