On 17 February 2021, in a virtual ceremony, the Bayer Foundation will present five outstanding scientists with the 2020 Awards: The “Early Excellence in Science Awards” honor four talented young scientists, Julia Mahamid, Marinka Zitnik, Nicolai Franzmeier and Josep Cornellà. The internationally renowned Otto Bayer Award goes to Ruth Ley.
Otto Bayer Award and Early Excellence in Science Award
Ruth Ley is one of the world’s leading scientist for microbiome research, a field she helped establish. The Bayer Foundation Science Council has now chosen her to receive the Otto Bayer Award 2020, worth EUR 75,000, for her pioneering research.
Every year, 10 upcoming top scientists – postdocs from abroad – are selected to become Humboldt-Bayer-Fellows, carrying out research activities in Germany. Filipa Tomé was one of them. In an interview, she talks about the experience, her career, and about doing things you love.
Professor Stefan Hell received the Bayer Hansen Family Award before he was crowned a Nobel Prize winner. "My fascination with doing something that could alter the course of science was greater than my fear of ending up a pauper!"