Creating the Future
Press release
Hector Science Award 2009


20. January 2010

Encour­ag­ing inter­dis­ci­pli­nary exchange

Research award of the Hector Founda­tion II goes to profes­sors from Karlsruhe and Konstanz

HEIDELBERG/WEINHEIM. During a ceremony Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Hector and his wife Josephine appointed three outstand­ing scien­tists to Hector Fellows. In 2010 the award was given to profes­sor Manfred Kappes and profes­sor Franz Nestmann from the Karlsruhe Insti­tute of Technol­ogy and to profes­sor Thomas Elbert from the Univer­sity of Konstanz.

“Special­ized, highly quali­fied top scien­tists join in our fellow­ship program into a team“, expressed Dr. Hans-Werner Hector gladly during the appoint­ment of the new Hector Fellows. By bring­ing the Hector Fellows together a round table of top-level scien­tists is estab­lished who will then be able to inspire each other in their work and research. The founder empha­sized: “The network of Hector Fellows may find answers to urgent demands of science and is useful for the science location Germany“.

Kappes, Head of the Insti­tute of Physi­cal Chemistry and Direc­tor of the Insti­tute of Nanotech­nol­ogy of the Karlsruhe Insti­tute of Technol­ogy, deals with size-depen­dent proper­ties of matter in the range of 0.5 to 10 nanometers.

Nestmann is head of the Insti­tute for Water and Water­shed Devel­op­ment at the Karlsruhe Insti­tute of Technol­ogy (KIT) and Presi­dent of the Wasser­wirtschaftsver­band Baden-Württem­berg. The expert in fluid mechan­ics and hydraulic engineer­ing deals with sediment trans­port processes, water and energy water manage­ment, flood and bank protec­tion, as well as the running waters in caves.

Elbert, Profes­sor of Clini­cal Psychol­ogy and Behav­ioral Neuro­science at the Univer­sity of Konstanz, researches the conse­quences of traumatic stress and the devel­op­ment of human violence and killing readiness.

Hector Science Award 2009
Hector Wissenschaftspreis 2009