Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard awarded twice in July


The scientific lifetime achievement of Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard was honored twice in July. On July 20, the developmental geneticist received the Mendel Special Medal of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina for her outstanding pioneering efforts. Gerald Haug, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, together with Vice President Ulla Bonas, handed over the special medal. The award ceremony was held in Halle (Saale) as part of a ceremonial symposium marking the 200th anniversary of Gregor Mendel's birth.

Just a few days earlier, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard received an honorary doctorate from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona, Spain. The honorary speech was given by Cristina Pujades and the patronage was provided by David Comas, both professors of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences. Rector Oriol Amat presented the certificate.

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard has received numerous honors, honorary doctorates, and prizes for her findings of genes that control animal and human development and for her evidence of shape-shifting gradients in the fly embryo, including the Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation (1986), the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award (1991), and the Nobel Prize in Medicine (1995). She is a member of the Royal Society (England), the National Academy (USA), the Order pour le mérite (Germany), the Leopoldina (Germany), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy (Germany), the Curia of Science (Austria), and the Académie des Sciences (France).

The honorary senator of the Max Planck Society has been a member of the Scientific Board of the European Research Council (ERC) since 2005 and Vice Chancellor of the Order Pour Le Mérite since 2010. In 2004, she founded the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation to support young female scientists with children.