Gerd Gigerenzer - Porträt Arne Sattler


Gerd Gigerenzer, Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, has been appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC). Founded by the European Union, the ERC is the most important European funding organisation for frontier research. The Scientific Council heads the ERC and defines the scientific funding strategy. As a representative of the European scientific community, it promotes creativity and innovative research.

Gerd Gigerenzer
Laurel Raffington


Laurel Raffington was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal 2019 for her doctoral thesis, which was written at the Center for Lifespan Psychology. Laurel Raffington, who is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, investigated how socioeconomic inequalities may contribute to individual differences in children’s cognitive performance and academic achievement. Every year, the Max Planck Society honours young scientists and researchers with the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements.

Stephan Lewandowsky


Stephan Lewandowsky, Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol, UK, was granted the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his academic achievements to date. Winners of the award are invited to spend up to one year at a research institution in Germany to collaborate with specialist colleagues on a research project.

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky is a renowned cognitive scientist and expert in computational modeling. He is recognized internationally for his work on digital-age cognitive phenomena like misinformation—namely, how it spreads and why it is often resistant to correction—and climate change denial. During his stay in Germany, Stephan Lewandowsky will collaborate with Ralph Hertwig, Director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality, on a behavioral-science project that seeks to help transform digital environments from manipulative structures that control user attention to educational spaces that promote informed and civil online deliberation.

Gigerenzer Allais Memorial Prize


Gerd Gigerenzer, Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, was awarded the „Allais Memorial Prize“ at the Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences. Named after the French economist Maurice Allais, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding achievements in the field of behavioural sciences. After Bart J. Wilson and Nobel Prize winner Vernon L. Smith, Gerd Gigerenzer is the third winner.

Picture: Prague Conference on Behavioral Sciences 2019 / CEBEX

Gerd Gigerenzer
Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Gert G. Wagner, Senior Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, was appointed to the Advisory Board of the „Marktwächter Digitale Welt“ for his expertise in the field of digital topics. With the „market watchdogs“ (market guards), the German Consumer Centres observe and investigate market developments in various areas. The advisory board provides impetus for the work of the “Marktwächter”, for example in the digital purchase of goods. They also advise on trends in the observed markets.

Gert Georg Wagner
Juliane Brauer


Juliane Brauer, researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions, and, since the summer semester of 2018, interim professor of History and its Didactics at the University of Wuppertal, was awarded the Wuppertaler Lehrlöwen 2018 for outstanding teaching. The prize is awarded annually to the best lecturers at the University of Wuppertal as determined by students’ course evaluations.

Juliane Brauer
Jürgen Baumert Porträt


Jürgen Baumert, Director emeritus of the Emeritus Group Educational Research, receives a special prize for his lifetime achievement. The prize was awarded for the first time by the Society for Empirical Educational Research (Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung, GEBF). In the opinion of the GEBF Executive Board, there would be no German-language empirical educational research without the scientific achievements of Jürgen Baumert. The prize is also intended to pay tribute to Baumert's great and successful commitment to the promotion of young scientists.

The prize will be awarded at the GEBF conference on 25 February 2019 in Cologne. Jürgen Baumert will give a testimonial lecture afterwards.

Jürgen Baumert
Unwetter WEXICOM


German National Weather Service (DWD) provides funding for a third project phase of WEXICOM.

WEXICOM investigates how to advance the communication, understanding, and use of the uncertainty of severe weather forecasts. The ultimate goal is to foster the ability to make decisions that minimize risks during extreme weather events.
Within the next four years, the project will test the potential of providing probabilistic “impact” forecasts—that is, forecasts that translate what the weather might be to what the weather might do.
WEXICOM is a transdisciplinary project involving meteorology (FU Berlin), psychology (Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development), and the social sciences (Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit (FÖS), Disaster Research Unit (DRU), FU Berlin)

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Photo: Alexander Bütow/FU Berlin

Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Gert G. Wagner has been appointed Senior Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development until the end of 2023 by the President of the Max Planck Society, Martin Stratmann. The Max Planck Fellow Program promotes cooperation between outstanding university professors and Max Planck Society researchers.

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Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Gert G. Wagner has been reappointed to Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection’s Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV). The Advisory Council, which was set up in 2014, advises policy makers and prepares expert reports on the position of consumers in Germany. Its goal is to use research findings to help shape consumer policy. The Advisory Council began its second term of office on 10 December 2018.

Gert Georg Wagner