German Scientists Win Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for 2017

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Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announced that Professor Dr. Britta Nestler of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has been awarded the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2017 from Germany’s Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The award is in recognition of Professor Nestler’s internationally acknowledged research in computer based materials sciences and her efforts in the development of new material models using multiscale and multphysical approaches which leverage highly flexible and complex simulation environments.

For our research and progress in computational materials science, supercomputing centers are the essential infrastructure to conduct extreme scale computations. The high performance computing power provided by GCS enables our team to explore new dimensions of microstructure simulations and to gain insight into complex multiphysics and multiscale processes in material systems under various influences. I am very thankful for the support and professional assistance of GCS, my team experienced over the past years, facilitating our research on up-to-date systems,” says Professor Dr. Britta Nestler of the Institute of Applied Materials, Computational Materials Science, at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The world-class HPC power required for these computationally extremely intense simulation models is provided to Professor Nestler and her team by GCS, which offers the by far most powerful HPC infrastructure in all of Europe for science and industrial research.

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners for 2017 were selected from 134 proposals. Of the ten new prize winners, three come from the natural sciences and the humanities and social sciences as well as two from life sciences and engineering sciences. All ten award recipients receive a prize of 2.5 million euros each for future research.

  • Professor Dr. Lutz Ackermann. Organic Molecular Chemistry, Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • Professor Dr. Beatrice Gründler. Arabic Studies, Seminar for Semitics and Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Ralph Hertwig. Cognitive Psychology, Department of Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Educational Research, Berlin
  • Professor Dr. Karl-Peter Hopfner. Structural Biology, Department of Biochemistry – Genzentrum, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Professor Dr. Frank Jülich. Theoretical Biophysics, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden
  • Professor Dr. Lutz Mädler. Mechanical Process Engineering, Foundation Institute for Material Technology (IWT) and Department of Production Engineering, University of Bremen
  • Professor Dr. Britta Nestler. Materials Science, Institute of Applied Materials – Computational Materials Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Professor Dr. Joachim P. Spatz. Biophysics, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Professor Dr. Anne Storch. African Studies, Institute of African Studies and Egyptology, University of Cologne
  • Professor Dr. Jörg Vogel. Molecular Infection Biology, Institute of Molecular Infection Biology, Julius Maximilian University Würzburg

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