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iDiv: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2021 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) goes to Saxony

Biodiversity researcher Prof. Dr. Nico Eisenhauer from the University of Leipzig receives 2,5 million euros in prize money


Leipzig biodiversity researcher Prof. Nico Eisenhauer is one of ten scientists to be awarded Germany's most important research funding prize. This was decided by the main committee of the DFG in a video conference in the afternoon.

The Leibniz Prize honors his outstanding work on the effects of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem functions. He is already one of the leading scientists in his field. Eisenhauer's research resulted in significant advances in ecological theory and a fundamental understanding of the function of biodiversity, according to the DFG's justification. At the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, in teaching and in the training of young scientists at the University of Leipzig, he made decisive advances in this field.

Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow: »I congratulate Prof. Eisenhauer on this great success. This award recognizes research in this field in a very special way and at the same time shows how important the ecology of soil organisms and their effects on biodiversity are for all of us. This high honor is also further great evidence of excellent research personalities and excellent science on the human issue of biodiversity in Leipzig and at iDiv.«

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG comes with prize money of 2,5 million euros, which Prof. Eisenhauer can use freely for further research. On March 15, 2021, all ten Leibniz Prizes will be awarded in a virtual ceremony.

More information on the Leibniz Prize 2021

Source: Press release of the SMWK from December 11.12.2020th, XNUMX


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