Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wolfrum from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg has been awarded the Bernhard Lewis Gold Medal the worlds most prestigious award in the field of combustion for his groundbreaking work over the last 40 years.
Andreas Wachter has been the head of the Emmy Noether research group at the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) at the University of Tübingen since 2009. Of particular interest to Wachter are the molecular regulation mechanisms in key biological processes. He is the first person to transfer the latest insights from bacteria research to plant cells and stresses the importance of ribonucleic acid (RNA) in these vital processes.
TECNARO GmbH located in Ilsfeld near Heilbronn is very happy about winning one of the most prestigious international awards the European Inventor Award. TECNARO was proposed by international patent examiners and nominated from among more than 1000 inventors and patent applicants.
Two Fraunhofer scientists have been awarded this year’s Ferchau Innovation Award. The first place, along with prize money of 10,000 euros, was awarded to Prof. Walter Trösch from the Fraunhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart. Trösch uses photobioreactors to bind CO2 produced from flue gas plants. The second place, and 7,500 euros, went to Michael Emonts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen for the development of a new laser-assisted cutting procedure. The competition, which comes with a total of 30,000 euros in prize money, is entitled “Technology for the Environment”. The prizes were awarded on 20th April at the Hanover Fair.
Lehner GmbH Sensor-Systeme has developed a completely new system for monitoring plants. Electrodes attached directly to a plant can detect and report water shortages or pest infestation early on, thus optimizing pesticide use and avoiding unnecessary watering. Lehner GmbH Sensor-Systeme, a medium-sized company from Kirchheim unter Teck, scored a victory with this innovation in the 2011 CyberOne business plan competition.
Simone Neuß, doctoral student at the Institute of Human Genetics in Ulm, has been awarded the “Prize for Young Scientists 2010” from the Society of Environmental and Mutation Research. The 28-year-old biologist who works in the group of Günter Speit received the award along with 2,500 euros for her work on the genotoxic effects of formaldehyde.
Professor Dr. Thomas Laux from the Institute of Biology III at the University of Freiburg has been awarded the Cornelia Harte Award for his achievements on the regulation of pluripotent stem cells in the growth centres of plants.
A team of students from Heidelberg University that took part in the international iGEM competition in 2013 have developed a method for the recycling of gold from electronic waste by way of biomineralisation assisted with a bacterial peptide. In order to achieve this, the entire peptide synthesis pathway was transferred into E. coli bacteria. The Heidelberg team’s method, which is on a par with classical chemical gold recovery, won them the grand prize at the 2013 iGEM World Championship Jamboree.
Thomas Paulöhrl, polymer chemist from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), was awarded the 2012 Lanxess Talent Award for his achievements in further developing light-induced click strategies that can now be used for generating various surface structures and three-dimensional frameworks. His Ph.D. thesis not only provides the basis for new ways to efficiently modify material, it also opens up new research opportunities in medical drug discovery.
Major impulses for the transition to a bioeconomy must come from the international and national level. This has been the case for Europe and Germany and is driven forward by programmes that have been launched by national and European governments
Trees do not just provide timber, they can also be harnessed for construction without the need to cut them down. The term Baubotanik, Living Plant Construction in English, refers to combining modern materials with tree shaping. It shows how a new kind of architecture allows trees to continue growing when joined to temporary steel structures. It uses new design techniques, is climate friendly and of practical use.
At the recent Hanover Trade Fair several partners in the BiopolymersBiomaterials Cluster were awarded prizes. A project group which includes scientists from BASF SE and Daimler AG were awarded the Prize for Innovative Material Applications from the VDI Society for Materials Engineering. The bio-based ARBOFORM plastic of TECNARO GmbH of Ilsfeld-Auenstein was awarded the Industry Award from the Huber Verlag für Neue Medien.
The International Environmental Award was awarded to Professor Klaus Kümmerer from the Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in Stockholm on Sunday 18th October 2009.
The results of the feasibility studies funded under the Idea Competition in Biotechnology and Medical Technology were presented in the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart between 16th and 18th January 2012. Ten of the 42 project ideas were recommended for further funding.
An excellent idea: a new technology or innovative methods and products for which patents have been filed or already granted, might be eligible for the Patent Award 2008, a brand new prize, on offer for the first time in 2008. Due to the popularity of the prize, the application deadline has been extended to 30th September 2008.
Dirk Linke 37 has been awarded the Advancement Award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie DGHM. The award includes prize money of 2500 Euro and will be presented on September 20th 2009 during the 61st Annual Meeting of the DGHM in Göttingen.
TECNARO GmbH who was awarded the Industry Prize 2009 produces sustainable materials for the automotive and packaging industries and also for the manufacturers of furniture toys musical instruments and shoes.
In the competition for the rather sought-after award Science City the city of Constance had to surrender albeit marginally to the city of Oldenburg. This is however no reason for Constance to abandon the planned Science Year 2009.
Biotensidon GmbH is on the up. Rhapynal is about to be placed on the market. The company is involved in a 100-million-euro joint venture and was nominated for the German Next Economy Award in 2016. Rhapynal has three components and offers virtually unlimited possibilities for application in the agricultural, pharmaceutical and many other sectors.
Molecular biologist Marja Timmermans has found out how plant cells can communicate with each other using mobile ribonucleic acid molecules. The use of small RNAs (sRNA) is a fundamental principle that applies not only to plant cells, but also to animal and human cells. These days, Timmermans' laboratory methods are used around the world. She has recently been awarded Germany’s most highly endowed international research award - the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. An Alexander von Humboldt Professorship has brought Timmermans from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the USA to the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology in Tübingen where she will continue her research on sRNA mobility.
Dr. Stefan Schiller from the Center for Biological Systems Analysis (ZBSA) at the University of Freiburg combines synthetic biology and synthetic chemistry concepts in order to equip bacterial cells with organelle-like compartments. He has countless biotechnological applications in mind. In 2014, Schiller received the research prize “Next Generation of Biotechnological Methods – Biotechnology 2020+”. The prize is awarded every two years and provides around 3.4 million euros in funding for a period of five years.
Tomatoes that resist pests and extreme weather while still tasting like tomatoes are among Professor Holger Puchtas long-term research goals. The molecular biologist develops techniques that will allow him to control inheritance in plants to selectively improve the properties of different species through nature’s existing gene pool. For his fundamental research, Puchta now is awarded an Advanced Researcher Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).