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University of Edinburgh Professor Gabriele Hegerl Wins 2016 Hans Sigrist Prize

The Hans Sigrist Foundation at the University of Bern in Switzerland has awarded the prestigious 2016 Hans Sigrist Prize to University of Edinburgh Professor Gabriele Hegerl, for her contribution to the field “The Human Fingerprint on the Earth System."  Prof. Hegerl has brought about continuing innovative scientific contributions that enabled the detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change and her work has helped to clarify the causes of global climate change and, thus, enabled significant progress in international climate policy. She has also demonstrated longstanding dedicated leadership on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where she has assumed societal responsibility and has shown inspiring enthusiasm in working with young scientists.

As a part of the week leading up to the award of the 2016 Hans Sigrist Prize, Professor Hegerl gave a keynote address at the Foundation’s annual symposium, attracting a large crowd of interested listeners.  She was officially presented the prize at the University of Bern’s Annual “Dies Academicus” ceremony, on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Bern, Switzerland. An interview with Prof. Hegerl is available here.  An article in both German and English about Prof. Hegerl is available on the "Uniaktuell" page here.

Hans Sigrist Foundation Interview with 2015 Prize Winner, Prof. Luciano Marraffini

While he was in Bern to receive his award, The Hans Sigrist Foundation sat down with 2015 Prize Winner, Prof. Luciano Marraffini, to discuss his research. The full interview is available here.

Rockefeller University Professor Luciano Marraffini Wins 2015 Hans Sigrist Prize

The Hans Sigrist Foundation at the University of Bern in Switzerland, has awarded the prestigious 2015 Hans Sigrist Prize to Rockefeller University Professor Luciano Marraffini, for his contribution to the field of “Combatting Antibiotic Resistance: Novel Antibacterial Strategies”.  Specifically, Prof. Marraffini works with the CRISPR-Cas molecular system, the genetic machinery which provides bacteria with adaptive inheritable immunity (“genetic memory”) against phages and plasmid infections.  Professor Marraffini received the 2015 prize for his work in performing genetic manipulations of the natural bacterial CRISPR immunity, where he is developing a new approach to efficiently combat the spread of bacterial pathogens, especially those resistant to the clinically implemented antibiotic classes.

As a part of the week leading up to the award of the Hans Sigrist Prize, Marraffini gave a keynote address at the Foundation’s annual symposium, attracting a large crowd of interested listeners.  Marraffini was officially presented the prize at the University of Bern’s Annual “Dies Academicus” ceremony, on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Bern, Switzerland. An interview with Prof. Marraffini will appear on this page in January.  A German language article about Prof. Marraffini is available on the "Uniaktuell" page here.

Hans Sigrist Foundation Interview with 2014 Prize Winner, Prof. Jennifer Klein

While she was in Bern to receive her award, the Hans Sigrist Foundation sat down with the 2014 Prize Winner to discuss her research.  The full interview is available here.

Yale Professor Jennifer Klein Wins 2014 Hans Sigrist Prize

The Hans Sigrist Foundation at the University of Bern in Switzerland, has awarded the prestigious 2014 Hans Sigrist Prize to Yale Professor Jennifer Klein, for her contribution to the field of “Women and Precarity: Historical Perspectives”.  Professor Klein’s research on the history and development of social security in the U.S.A., as well as her research on the history of care work, brilliantly combines social, economic, political and gender history. By applying a multi-perspective approach which takes into account all parties involved, as well as the interdependence of complex dynamics, Jennifer Klein has rewritten the history of the social state.

As a part of the week leading up to the award of the Hans Sigrist Prize, Klein gave a keynote address at the Foundation’s annual symposium, attracting a large crowd of interested listeners and separately spoke to students in the history department about her research.  Klein was officially presented the prize at the University of Bern’s Annual “Dies Academicus” ceremony, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Bern, Switzerland.