Hall of Fame 2020 – a new format

For the first time in history, the celebration for inducting new researchers into the Hall of Fame will take place virtually in 2020. Hosts, manager magazin and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will welcome to a format that recognizes the accomplishments and achievements of the laureate and the awardees. A global webstream will provide insights into the research work and the way scientists think. In addition to the virtual event, a discursive format, the Innovation Talks, is scheduled for the following day, where the audience can exchange ideas with the two Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis awardees.

These formats will supplement the classic elements of an award ceremony with well-founded content sharing, such as a panel discussion between the laureate and the laudator. 

The laureate 2020 - Emmanuelle Charpentier


Founding and Acting Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin. In addition, she is Honorary Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Through her Work with bacteria, Charpentier laid the foundations for the development of the CRISPR/Cas method, which allows targeted genome editing to be carried out in all living cells. Genome editing holds promise in treating AIDS, cancer as well as genetic diseases and can also be used in plant and animal cultivation. Apart from gene regulation, Charpentier’s other research focus is on the molecular biology of infections.

Charpentier studied biochemistry, genetics and microbiology at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (now Sorbonne University) in Paris, where she obtained a PhD in microbiology. After holding further research positions in the United States and northern Europe, she transferred to the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany. In 2015, Charpentier accepted the offer to become Director at the Max Plank Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. Since then, she has been a scientific member of the Max Plank Society. Charpentier was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 for her work and has received the Leibniz Prize, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, among other honors.

Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung

October 22, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Start of the virtual event
  • Welcome by the hosts
  • Honoring of the Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis awardees
  • Presentation of the 2020 laureate with laudatory speech
  • Induction into the Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung
  • Farewell and end of the event

Innovation Talks

October 23, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CEST

The Innovation Talks allow for an intensive dialogue with the awardees of the Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis, who explain what they are working on and respond to questions from the audience. 
  • 11:00 a.m. Winner of the Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis in the category of Life Science
    The dialogue starts with a short keynote speech by the awardee.
  • 11:30 a.m. Winner of the Curious-Mind-Forscherpreis in the category of Digitalization & Robotics
    A half-hour Q&A session with the awardee.


You have accessed https://www.emdgroup.com, but for users from your part of the world, we originally designed the following web presence https://www.merckgroup.com.

Let's go

Internet Explorer is not supported

You are using an outdated browser. If you would like to use our website, please use Chrome, Firefox, Safari or other browser

Share Disclaimer

By sharing this content, you are consenting to share your data to this social media provider. More information are available in our Privacy Statement