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Hector Science Award Winner is Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts
Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts is the Hector Science Award winner of 2021. The prize, awarded by the Hector Foundation, honors outstanding professors from German universities and research institutions in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, informatics, psychology and medicine and supports them in their research. In addition to their excellent research achievements, their commitment to teaching and promoting young scientists is recognized as well as the social contribution of their work is acknowledged.
Katrin Amunts is a Neuroscientist, Professor of Brain Research and Director of the C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Director of the Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Together with her team, she is researching the mapping of the human brain and developed the cytoarchitectonic Julich Brain Atlas. The atlas serves as a reference brain and as a basis for the integration of brain data. In addition, the atlas is freely accessible to scientists and the scientific public and can be constantly updated and supplemented. The aim of the 3D digital atlas is to provide a better understanding of the organizational principles of the human brain. With the help of high-performance computing methods, ultra-high resolution human brain models can be created.
Congratulations on the Hector Science Award and welcome to the Hector Fellow Academy to Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts!
The winners of the Hector Science Award are also appointed Hector Fellow and thus become part of the Hector Fellow Academy (HFA). The HFA aims to promote networking between scientists from different disciplines. In doing so, it facilitates new perspectives on research fields as well as social discourses with the public. At the same time, doctoral and project positions with the Hector Fellows are funded as part of the promotion of young researchers. Since 2021, the Hector Fellow Academy has also established the Hector Research Career Development Award for aspiring scientists, which is intended to support the award winners on their way to professorships.