Göttingen Academy Prizes for Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg
Andrea Cavalleri, Director of the Condensed Matter Dynamics department, and Melanie Schnell, leader of the Max Planck Research Group Structure and Dynamics of Cold and Controlled Molecules,received prizes for their outstanding scientific works. They were awarded during the public anniversary of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities on November 14, 2015.
PD Dr. Melanie Schnell was awarded the Academy Prize for Chemistry 2015 in recognition of her pioneering development of new methods to study the rotational spectra of state-selected molecules in extremely cold conditions. The prize is endowed with 2,500 euros.
From funds it owes publishers, industrial enterprises and other donors, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities annually awards prizes in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics to young, usually German researchers or researchers working in Germany for outstanding scientific work published in international journals.
The Dannie Heineman Prize 2015 of the Minna-James-Heineman Foundation Hanover went to Prof. Dr. Andrea Cavalleri for his time-resolved measurements of light-induced phase transitions in highly correlated electron systems.
Since 1961, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities every two years awards the Dannie Heineman Prize to a scientist who has recently published an outstanding paper on new and significant developments in science. The prize has an international character, i.e. candidates from all over the world are considered. Mainly research papers by younger researchers in the field of natural sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology) are considered; however, also work from the humanities may be awarded.