Science Communication Medal

Science Communication Medal

In the framework of the scientific lecture series (Wissenschaftserie) at the Göttinger Literaturherbst, since 2014, the Science Communication Medal is awarded annually to scientists who have been particularly successful in communicating outstanding research results to the broad public. 


The first winner of the Science Communication Medal in 2014 was British physicist Prof. Dr. David J.C. MacKay, who was honored for his outstanding achievements to communicate environmental science wiht clear texts, facts and figures, backed up by empirical data and explanations of limitations – to the broad public as well as to politicians.

Prof. Dr. David MacKay and Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller (from left). With deep sadness the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry learned of the death of David MacKay on April 14, 2016.



Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch
was honored with the Science Communication Medal 2015 for his dedication to present even most complex scientific research topics on television to a broad number of viewers in an easy understandable way.

Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch with Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller (from left).


Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan was awarded the Science Communication Medal 2016 for his outstanding achievements in communicating complex scientific topics to a broad public. In several books and numerous lectures Metin Tolan deals in an entertaining way with the physics of, for example, football matches or James Bond – and thus brings this scientific discipline closer to the public.

Awardee Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan (left) and Prof. Dr. Nils Brose.

Prof. Dr. Douglas R. Hofstadter received the Science Communication Medal in 2017. For decades, Hofstadter's concern has been to open up the topics and results of cognitive science to a broad audience. Numerous essays and books testify to his ability to vividly explain the complex interrelationships of his subject. 

Awardee Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan (left) and Prof. Dr. Nils Brose.
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