Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung

Every year, the Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung honors scientists whose achievements have helped to ensure Germany’s future viability as a science and business location. The award was launched in 2009 by manager magazin.

Since 2015, the award has been presented jointly with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to continue to improve the relationship between science and business in Germany. The Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung provides a unique platform for highlighting the economic benefits of these scientific achievements, thus presenting them to a wide audience.

On October 22, 2020, the  Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung induction ceremony took place virtually for the first time, with the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020, Emmanuelle Charpentier, being inducted. The Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis was presented in the category “Digitalization & Robotics” to Siegfried Rasthofer and to Björn Eskofier in the category “Life Science”. Background information about the laureates and the event can be found here.

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The Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung was established by manager magazin to underscore the importance of science for the German economy. After all, growth and prosperity can be secured only by venturing into the unknown. We will introduce the laureates, our jury and the Board of Trustees here.

Simone Salden

Deputy Editor-in-Chief of manager magazin

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The Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung recognizes pioneers who have the courage to step out of their comfort zone and discover new frontiers. Their scientific work is the prerequisite for human progress.

Belén Garijo

Chair of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Formulas for Innovation

As the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote, “Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal”. And yet, the world currently seems to be undergoing a change, a transformation, which no one perceives as being eternal or perpetual. Instead, the changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic have been disruptive, intense and grave.

Interpersonal closeness has given way to great physical distance, societal thinking has reoriented and is being fundamentally questioned, economic growth is being hindered, and political projects are accelerating. The tried-and-tested formulas for success, which have guaranteed our prosperity for decades, are slowly but surely losing their validity. Schools and patterns of thought need to be readjusted and, in some places, they need to be fundamentally reconsidered.

Scientists know the challenges of continuous change from their research. If a hypothesis proves to be false, a new one needs to be formulated. An ongoing process, which continuously gets closer to a result and, ultimately, optimizes it. The necessary virtues for this are currently in higher demand than ever before. This is because they are based on a high stress tolerance, tireless creativity in problem solving and openness to new ideas. This is how it is possible to overcome obstacles that seem almost insurmountable.

But what are these particular formulas for innovation that characterize entrepreneurship and everyday business? How do we support them to achieve the best possible success? And how is the interplay between knowledge, science and politics shaped? Which mutual stimuli can we benefit and learn from?

  • Hall of Fame

    An overview of the pioneering scientists in the virtual Hall of Fame.
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  • Curious Minds

    Insights into the future-oriented research of the young awardees.
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  • Event 2020

    Details on the 2020 induction ceremony and ways to participate.
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The Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung was established by manager magazin in 2009. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has supported and accompanied this initiative since 2015. Once a year, scientists whose work has increased Germany’s future viability as a science and business location are honored.

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