Thursday, December 06, 2007

Leibniz Prize

Via an anonymous commenter comes the news that Susanne Albers is one of the 2008 Leibniz Prize winners. This is the most prestigious science award in Germany (and that's all of science, not just computer science). Going back over the list of past winners, it seems (and everything's in German, so I could be wrong here) that the last theory prize winner was Gunter Ziegler, back in 2001. Susanne Albers, for those who don't know, works in online algorithms, approximations, and algorithmic game theory.

From the Leibniz Prize page:
The Leibniz Programme, established in 1985, aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding scientists and academics, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks, and help them employ particularly qualified young researchers. Up to ten prizes are awarded annually with a maximum of €2.5 million per award. The prize is awarded from a slate of nominations put forward by third parties. The prizewinner is selected by the Joint Committee on the basis of a recommendation from the Nominations Committee for the Leibniz Programme.
The Leibniz Prize is administered by the DFG, which according to Wikipedia translates to the German Research Foundation, which would make it the equivalent of the NSF, and the Leibniz Prize roughly comparable to the NSF's Waterman Prize.

Update: here's the announcement (in German)

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