Laureates at KIT

In the tradition of Noble Prize laureates such as Ferdinand Braun (1909), smart minds at KIT are regularly granted prominent awards.

Be it the prestigious prizes of the German Research Foundation (DFG) or science awards from ministries or foundations: KIT scientists repeatedly are among the winners. In the past years, several of the coveted State Research Prizes of the State of Baden-Württemberg or of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes of the DFG were awarded to KIT.

On the following pages, we would like to present some of the winners primarily of the past ten years.

Current Awards

Water Resources Prize goes to Harald Kunstmann

In 2021, the recipient of the Water Resources Prize of the Rüdiger Kurt Bode Foundation is Prof. Harald Kunstmann. The climate researcher, who works at KIT's Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and at the University of Augsburg, will receive the 100,000 Euros award for his work on sustainable water resources management in water-critical, vulnerable regions of the global south.


Two ERC Consolidator Grants for KIT scientists

Prof Laurent Schmalen, Communications Engineering Lab, and Dr Tonya Vitova, Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal, successfully acquired an ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. The funding of up to 2 million Euros makes it possible to carry out an extensive research project in the next five years.

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Kavli Prize for Pioneers of Electron Microscopy

Maximilian Haider, honorary professor at KIT, receives the Kavli Prize for Nanosciences together with Harald Rose, Knut Urban, and Ondrej Krivanek for their work on the development of electron microscopy. The one million dollar prize is awarded every two years for outstanding research in the disciplines of astrophysics, nanosciences, and neurosciences.

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