As part of the ceremonial opening of its annual assembly on Friday the 20th of September 2019 in Halle (Saale), the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina awarded the Leopoldina Prize for Young Scientists to Moises Exposito-Alonso, Stanford, CA, USA, and Monika Schönauer, Princeton, USA, for their outstanding research achievements in the fields of developmental biology and neuropsychology.
Since 2009, the Academy has awarded the Leopoldina Prize for young scientists. From 2019 onwards, the prize will be endowed twice with 5,000 Euros each and will be awarded to two scientists. Originally, the prize was endowed with 2,000 Euros from funds of the Karl Lohmann Endowment. In 2015, the Leopoldina Academy Circle of Friends agreed to increase the prize to 5,000 Euros each. Now, the prize is financed exclusively by the Circle of Friends.
The Leopoldina Prize for Young Scientists is awarded biennially to scientists who have demonstrated outstanding research achievements in a field represented by the Leopoldina and who have not yet exceeded the age of thirty. The selection committee is supranational.
Prof. Dr Jörg Hacker, Prof Dr Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug with Laureate Monika Schönauer Photo: Christof Rieken/Leopoldina
Prof. D Jörg Hacker, Prof Dr Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug with Laureate Moises Exposito-Alonso Photo: Christof Rieken/Leopoldina