Max Planck-Humboldt Research Awards and Medals 2021 & 2022

  • Date: Nov 3, 2022
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Large Conference Room
Max Planck-Humboldt Research Awards and Medals 2021 & 2022

Max Planck Humboldt Research Awards and Medals 2021 & 2022

Meeting the scientists

The award ceremony for the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Awards and the Max Planck-Humboldt Medals for the years 2022 and 2021 will take place at the Harnack-Haus in Berlin on November 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm. The award ceremony will be preceded by a symposium of all award winners at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

All are welcome to attend the symposium from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on November 3 at the MPIB. Please find the program below.

The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2022 goes to political scientist Margaret Roberts from the University of California San Diego. In her research, she has uncovered how the Chinese state uses information technologies for censorship. Vanessa Ogle will receive a Max Planck-Humboldt Medal for her historical research on capitalism and globalization, and Wim Decock will be awarded with a Max Planck-Humboldt Medal for his contributions to the historical connections between religion, law and capitalism.The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2021 went to Pablo Jarillo-Herrero for his work on two-dimensional quantum materials. The physicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discovered intriguing quantum mechanical effects in stacked layers of graphene or similar materials. The 2021 Max Planck Humboldt Medal was awarded to Anastassia Alexandrova from the University of California, Los Angeles, and to Sumit Gulwani from the Microsoft Corporation in Redmond. Alexandrova is being recognized for her work on rational catalyst development and the understanding of functional materials. Gulwani is honoured for his significant contributions to software development, for example, automatic program synthesis. His findings have led, among other things, to advanced computer-based teaching methods.

For more information about the winners in 2021 see also:

For more information about the winners in 2022 see also:



10.30 a.m. - Welcome address by Ute Frevert, Head of Nomination Committee 2022

Introduction of Andreas Kleinschmidt, Presenter

10.40 a.m. - »Offshore Tax Havens - What Insights Does History Offer?«

Vanessa Ogle

Yale University, New Haven, USA

Medalist 2022

11.30 a.m. - »The Unfinished Max Weber. Law and Economic Thought in Early Modern Theology«

Wim Decock

University of Louvain-la-Neuve and University of Liège, Belgium

Medalist 2022

12.20 p.m. - »Transparency in Content Moderation«

Margaret Roberts

University of California San Diego and Halicioğlu Data Science Institute, La Jolla, USA

Award Winner 2022

LUNCH BREAK – refreshments in the cafeteria

2.00 p.m. - Introduction of Adam Levy, Presenter

2.05 p.m. - »The Magic of Moiré Quantum Matter«

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Award Winner 2021

2.50 p.m. - »Catalysis: a highly dynamic beast to tame«

Anastassia Alexandrova

University of California Los Angeles, USA

Medalist 2021

3.40 p.m. - »AI-assisted Programming«

Sumit Gulwani

Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA

Medalist 2021

4.30 p.m. End of the event

About the Award

The Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually confer the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award, endowed with 1.5 million euros, to a researcher from abroad. The award is supplemented by 80,000 euros in personal prize money. The focus is on personalities whose work is characterized by outstanding future potential. The prize is intended to attract particularly innovative scientists working abroad to spend flexible periods of time at a German university or research institution. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides the funding.

The award is annually alternating between the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences, and the humanities and social sciences. In addition, up to two further individuals may each be awarded a Max Planck-Humboldt Medal. This is endowed with a personal prize money of 60,000 euros.
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