Congratulations to our SIMPLAIX Principal Investigator Pascal Friederich (KIT) on the award of a Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2022 for his outstanding research in computational material science. The German Research Foundation (DFG) awards the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize to early-career researchers in recognition of their outstanding achievements. The prize in the amount of EUR 20,000 is supposed to assist the researchers in furthering their scientific careers.
Pascal Friederich is Tenure-track Professor at KIT’s Institute of Theoretical Informatics (ITI) and associated group leader at the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT). He heads the research group AiMat (Artificial Intelligence for Materials Sciences), and, since October 2021, is one of the Principal Investigators in the SIMPLAIX collaboration, where he participates in seven out of eight projects.
In 2022, the Leibnitz Prize has been awarded to ten researchers. It is named after physicist Professor Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, DFG President from 1974 to 1979.Most Important Prize for Early-career Researchers in Germany.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.