Virtual Honorary Conference 2020

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Last Saturday the Robert Koch Foundation awarded the 2020 Robert-Koch-Prize, with an endowment of 120,000 euros, to Professor Shimon Sakaguchi , Head of Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) at University Osaka (Japan).

“Professor Thomas F. Meyer” , senior professor at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel (CAU) received the Robert-Koch-Medal in Gold for his lifetime achievement.

Both prizes were handed over by Professor Plischke and Professor Radbruch during a virtual honorary conference. The official festive ceremony at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities is postponed to next year.

This year’s Robert-Koch-Prize honours Sakaguchi’s ground-breaking work on regulatroy T-cells.

Professor Thomas F. Meyer received the Robert-Koch-Medal in Gold in particular for his achievemetns in the field of molecular infection biology.

The Post-doctoral Awards for young scientist went to Prof. Dr. Petra Bacher, Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology & Institute of Immunology of the Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel, Prof. Dr. Stephanie Pfaender, Dept. f. Molecular and Medicinal Virology, Ruhr-University of Bochum, and Dr. med. Michael Sigal, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.