Prix Schläfli

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Plume Grand Duc - Prix Schläfli
Plume Grand Duc - Prix Schläfli (Image: Caspar Klein)

The Prix Schläfli rewards the best Swiss PhDs in the natural sciences. It is one of the oldest prizes in Switzerland. Since the first awarding in 1866, over hundred young talents in different natural science disciplines have been distinguished.

The prize has the following aims:

  • Promote young talents (promotion of young scientists and support of academic excellence) in the different natural science disciplines
  • Highlight the importance of young scientists in the Swiss research landscape

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Fabian Rey, Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Fabian Rey – Tracing history through pollen

Fabian Rey has examined hundreds of thousands of pollen grains in his work analysing the history of land use and vegetation more precisely than ever before. This got him the Prix Schläfli award in Geosciences.
Oliver Müller, Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Oliver Müller – Dwarf galaxies are quite orderly after all

He challenged the standard model of cosmology in his dissertation by demonstrating that dwarf galaxies have not invariably chaotic motions, but can also orbit around the main axis of their parent galaxy in an orderly fashion. This got Oliver Müller the Prix Schläfli award in Astronomy.
Alice Berhin, Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Alice Berhin – A new chapter in plant anatomy

People thought that there was nothing new to be discovered in plant anatomy. Au contraire, Alice Berhin discovered a kind of protective layer on the root tips of seedlings. This got her the Prix Schläfli award in Biology.
Winners of the Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Press release

Prix Schläfli 2020 for the best four PhDs in science

The orbits of dwarf galaxies, forces in materials such as Teflon, tracing history through pollen, a new protective layer at root tips – these are the topics for which the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has awarded the Prix Schläfli 2020 to the four most important insights gained by young researchers at Swiss universities. Alice Berhin (Biology), Oliver Müller (Astronomy), Robert Pollice (Chemistry) and Fabian Rey (Geosciences) receive the prize for the findings arrived at in their dissertations. Four of the candidates for the Prix Schläfli award were also selected as Young Scientists at the internationally prestigious 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
Robert Pollice, Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Robert Pollice - What holds the world together

He won medals at international chemistry olympiads even as a teenager. Now Robert Pollice adds to his collection the Prix Schläfli in Chemistry, for researching material properties that are, amongst other things, important in nanomedicine.
Sebastian Völkel, Brian Schmidt, Vivien Bonvin, Maria Cruces and Hester Schutte, 69th Lindau meeting
  • 09.07.2019
  • News

69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2019

The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics just ended. We had a great week of vivid discussions between 39 Nobel Laureates and 580 young scientists from 89 countries most of them Physicists but not only.

A fortune for the SSNS

Alexander Friedrich Schläfli from Burgdorf died in 1863 in Bagdad. He left his fortune to the Swiss Society for Natural Sciences (SSNS) on condition that the “Society will award an annual prize to any question in physical science – Physical science always comprised the Physics and Natural Sciences (according to proceedings 1917, page 97). (…) The selection and the amount are at the discretion of the named Society.”

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Switzerland's candidates for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting are now also selected from among the candidates for the Schläfli Prize