Awards and Prizes


Teaching awards 2016 for PD Dr. Oliver Pooth and Dr. Lars Schreiber

The winners of the teaching awards 2016 FSMPI

This year's teching awards go to

  • Priv.-Doz. Oliver Pooth for his outstanding commitment for the lecture “Physics at the LHC with CMS” and “Physik IV für Lehramtskandidaten”.
  • Dr. Lars Schreiber for his commitment for the programming course accompanying the lecture “Datenverarbeitung in der Physik”

Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics 2016

Handing over of prize Breakthrough Prize

After the Nobel Prize for Physics, another highly renowned science prize is awarded for the discovery and the study of neutrino oscillations. The "Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics" is valued at 3 million US Dollar and goes in the year 2016 to about 1300 scientists of the neutrino experiments Super-Kamiokande, SNO, KamLAND, Daya Bay, K2K and T2K. As members of the T2K collaboration also seven scientists of the III. Physics Institute are among the laureates. The award was handed over to the heads of the different research groups at a ceremony in the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.


BMBF-Funding for Aachen's particle physicists

  Handing over the BMBF funding certificate Peter Winandy Handing over the BMBF funding certificate

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports Aachen´s physicists working on the LHC at CERN with a total of 9.4 Million Euros in the coming three years. The Parliamentary State Secretary Mr. Thomas Rachel handed over the grant notification letters to RWTH representatives on July 7th 2015. The above picture (taken by Peter Winandy) shows the professors concerned, Krämer, Hebbeker, Feld, Stahl, Erdmann, Czakon und Schael (not in the photo), RWTH rector Prof. Schmachtenberg and Mr. Rachel, standing next to a model of the CMS detector in the physics lecture hall (Physikhörsaal). Of all German universities the RWTH receives most funding in this field of research. Involved are the Experimental Physics Institutes IB, IIIA, IIIB and the Institute of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology.

Both the LHC accelerator and the detectors have been improved in the last two years. Few weeks ago a new data collection period began, at the new record collision energy of 13 TeV.The funding applies primarily to data analyses with the CMS and LHCb detectors, theory, renewal of detector components and travel. An additional funding was granted for a long-term upgrade of the CMS detector to reach extremely high data rates. Physicists will search for new particles, especially for dark matter. Spurred by the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 they hope for more sensational results in the coming years.


Prof. Barbara Terhal designated Outstanding Referee for Physical Review and Physical Review Letters


The Outstanding Referee program expresses appreciation for the essential of anonymous peer reviewers do for our journals. Each year about 150 of the 65,000 active referees are selected and honored with the Outstanding Referee designation. Selections are made based on the number, quality, and timeliness of referee reports. More … (link to


ERC Starting Grants for Norbert Schuch and Martin Salinga


Two researchers of the physics department were awarded a "Starting Grant" by the European Research Council, which is one of Europe's most prestigious and competitive funding schemes.Martin Salinga will investigate the use of amorphous semiconductors to emulate the behavior of brain cells (neurons) for neuromorphic computing, with the hope of adopting insights for brain research for computing. Norbert Schuch aims to develop new methods to describe strongly correlated electron systems in which quantum correlations play an important role.


The German Physical Society (DPG) awards Prof. Thomas Bretz the Gustav-Hertz-Preis 2015 for his outstanding work on the FACT telescope.


Prof. Bretz is junior professor at the III. Physikalischen Institut A since October this year. We gratulate him on this most distinguished German physics award for young scientists.
Futher Informationen on the Gustav-Hertz-Preis and the laudation is available at the DPG website. The award will be handed over in March 2015 on the "DPG-Jahrestagung" in Berlin.