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11.01.2017 12:40 Von: S Danes

Reward for Risk-Taking

Award for Erik Schäffer

Carrying out original research is inevitably a risky business - by definition, truly groundbreaking research comes with no guarantee about the outcome. A mix of curiosity, creativity and courage is needed by anyone hoping to push the boundaries of innovation.


A new prize from the state of Baden-Württemberg sets out to reward people who are doing just that. Awarded for the first time in 2016, this annual „Preis für mutige Wissenschaft“ (Prize for Bold Research) recognizes scientists with the determination to travel down new research paths, even at the risk of failure.


IMPRS faculty member Erik Schäffer has been chosen as one of the first two award recipients. Erik, whose lab is based at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) at the University of Tübingen, develops and uses innovative biophysical approaches to topics including repair of DNA breaks by single-strand annealing, microtubule growth, and movement of kinesin motor proteins. Read here about current projects in Erik’s lab.


Erik and fellow prize winner Ferdinand Ludwig of Stuttgart University received their awards on December 5, 2016 from Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, Theresia Bauer, in the Staatsgalerie (State Art Gallery), Stuttgart. In German: Ministry press release.