"Society Needs Science" Award for Cesar Muñoz-Fontela

This year, the "Society Needs Science" Award of the Stifterverband (Donors' Association for the Promotion of the Sciences and the Humanities in Germany) will be awarded to the EVIDENT team member Dr Cesar Muñoz-Fontela (Heinrich-Pette-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Experimentelle Virologie in Hamburg) for his achievements in the fight against Ebola.

The award, which is given away on the recommendation of the Leibnitz Association, recognizes outstanding research of particular social relevance and high practicability, showcasing the benefits of science to the general public. According to the Association, Dr Cesar Muñoz-Fontela’s research contributes essentially to the investigation of an effective Ebola-therapy, with which some patients could already be treated successfully.

Exceptionally, this year two awardees were considered: Next to Dr Muñoz-Fontela, Christian Hartmann (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin) was recognized for his critical edition of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”.

This science award, which is valued at 50,000 EUR, will be conferred on November 2016 at the Leibniz Association Annual Meeting. We congratulate both awardees.

For more information please see the press release of the Leibnitz Association.