Emanuel Merck Lectureship

In partnership with the University of Darmstadt, we recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research.

The Emanuel Merck lectureship was established in 1992 by the University of Darmstadt and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. With this lecture prize, both partners recognize globally renowned scientists who have made superb contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research. Quite a few of the awardees were honored with a Nobel Prize.

With the Emanuel Merck lectureship, we want to offer the interested audience from universities, institutes, and companies, detailed insights into the forefront of scientific research in the fields of chemical sciences and pharmaceutical research.

This scientific award contributes to promote the scientific exchange with internationally recognized researchers and intensifies our interactions with institutions of scientific excellence, highlighting the importance of science for our society.

With the name of Emanuel Merck (1794-1855) for the lecture series, we want to remember that more than 200 years ago he established many successful international research contacts.




2017 Phil Baran Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla


Prof. Paul T. Anastas

Yale University, New Haven


Prof. Frances H. Arnold

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena


Prof. Carolyn R. Bertozzi

University of California, Berkeley


Prof. Axel Ullrich

Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried


Prof. Sir Harold W. Kroto

University of Sussex, Brighton


Prof. George M. Whitesides

Harvard University Cambridge


Prof. Samuel J. Danishefsky

Columbia University, New York


Prof. Stuart Schreiber

Harvard University, Cambridge


Prof. Jean-Pierre Changeux

Institut Pasteur, Paris


Prof. Manfred Eigen

MPI Göttingen


Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn

University of Straßburg


Prof. Kenneth Wade

University of Durham


Prof. Albert Eschenmoser

ETH Zürich

View short summaries of the awardees here.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Griesar

Head of Science Relations

Dr. Armin Leng

Associate Director Science Relations, Public Funding


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