The selection process
The first award ceremony in 1985 at Hamburg city hall (c) Historical archives of Körber-Stiftung
The Körber European Science Prize is awarded annually, alternating between the fields of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. Renowned scientists from the respective disciplines from all over Europe form two international Search Committees.
The role of the Search Committees is to identify and nominate outstanding scientists in Europe whose research shows future promise and international relevance. Their work is supported by international experts who give their independent opinions on the candidates and their research proposals. The Search Committee recommends a maximum of five candidates to the Trustee Committee which ultimately determines the prize winner based on a summary of expert assessments, previous publications and career achievements.
The Trustee Committee
The Trustee Committee is composed of ten scientists working in different scientific disciplines in Europe. The committee is chaired by the current President of the Max-Planck-Society, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann.
The most important task of the Trustee Committee is the final selection of the awardees. The decision of the committee is based on the discussions held in the Search Committees, the documentation submitted by the candidates and the independent expert opinions of scientists from all over the world.
“In many spheres of society it is a matter of course for achievements to be awarded. It should therefore be all the more a concern to us that exceptional achievements in sciences be afforded attention and recognition.”
Former Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung
The Search Committees
The Search Committees have the task of identifying the best European scientists with the most innovative research as potential candidates for the Körber Prize. The nominees are each required to submit a comprehensive research proposal, which is then discussed within the Search Committee. The shortlisted candidates are submitted to Trustee Committee for the final decision.