Körber European Science Prize

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Awarded annually, the Körber European Science Prize honours a distinguished scientist actively conducting research in the fields of either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences in Europe. With prize money totalling €1,000,000, we strive to support outstanding scientists in their endeavours and promote innovative research with future promise.

Cordelia Schmid is awarded the Körber European Science Prize 2023

We congratulate Cordelia Schmid on receiving the Körber Prize 2023. The German computer scientist Cordelia Schmid is a pioneer in computer-aided image processing. Schmid developed revolutionary new procedures that enable computers to understand image content. Thanks to her algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI) can locate a motif or an object in a database of images within a fraction of a second. The prize winner is currently doing research on systems that can semantically interpret videos and even predict future actions. Her goals include the development of robots that will be able to respond to verbal commands and be employed, for instance, as intelligent assistants in hospitals and in care for the aged.

Making AI More Intelligent – Smart Image Recognition for Autonomous Robots

Cordelia Schmid receives the Körber Prize for her pioneering work in computer-aided image processing and the development of new procedures that enable computers to understand image content.

About the Körber Prize

Prize money in euros
Prizewinners later awarded with the Nobel Prize
Different countries research conducted in

In 1984, our founder Kurt A. Körber established the Körber European Science Prize to honor scientific excellence in Europe. Kurt Körber’s initial idea was to support scientists in the realisation of forward-looking ideas. Only projects that promised "a significant contribution to the improvement of living conditions on our planet" were to be honored. For almost forty years now, the Search Committees and the Trustee Committee have sought to live up to this claim when selecting Körber Prize winners.

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„With this prize, Kurt Körber wanted to highlight and combine two particular concerns: Firstly, the role of excellent science for our society and, secondly, the quest for a united, peaceful Europe. This gives the prize a very special dignity. In the troubled times in which we find ourselves today, this dignity is more than an inspiring reminder. It is a real incentive to work for Europe – and science has much to contribute.“

Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer

With the Körber Prize, Kurt A. Körber also pursued a political objective. When the prize was established in the 1980s, one of its aims was to use science to make the then still existing Iron Curtain between Eastern and Western Europe more permeable. In the first few years, the prize was awarded to research groups, but since 2005 it has been awarded to outstanding individuals conducting research at a European institution.

We are convinced that investing in fundamental research in Europe is more important than ever to keep up with the global competition for the best minds and ideas.

"It was important to the founder to emphasise three ideas: Germany, Europe and the future. The prize was intended to promote research in Europe."

Reimar Lüst

First Chairman of the Körber Prize Trustee Committee between 1984 - 1996

More about the Körber Prize


Matthias Mayer

Head of Department Science

Dr. Markus Dressel

Programme Manager
Hamburg Science Summit, Körber European Science Prize

Franziska Heese

Programme Manager
Hamburg Science Summit, Körber European Science Prize

Charlotte Worbes (parental leave)

Programme Manager
Körber European Science Prize, Global University Leaders Council Hamburg

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