Clara Immerwahr Award 2016

The Clara Immerwahr Award, launched by UniCat in 2011, is conferred annually to a young female scientist from Germany or abroad at an early stage of her career (postdoctoral fellow, junior researcher) for outstanding results in Catalysis Research. It is associated with a financial support of 15.000 Euro* for a research stay at UniCat and thought to establish close collaborative links with UniCat working groups.

The Award serves as an excellent exemplar of the promotion of outstanding young female scientists and is another successful measure taken by UniCat aimed at advancing female researchers.

The Clara Immerwahr Award is funded by SIEMENS, one of UniCat's partners in industry, and by the TU Berlin.

The Clara Immerwahr Award winner 2016 will be announced on November 25, 2015 and will be honored during a public ceremony involving a guest lecture held by the internationally renowned female scientist, Prof. Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery, Carl von Ossietzky Universtiät, Oldenburg, on February 12, 2016 at TU Berlin.

Prof. Al-Shamery, who received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011 for her achievements in science and research, is a member of Class I (Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering) of the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors of the GDCh as well as an external scientific member of the Senate Strategic Committee (SAS) of the Leibniz Association.

Prof. Al-Shamery studied chemistry in Göttingen and Paris, received her doctorate degree from the ETH Zurich and qualified as professor at Ruhr University Bochum after a research stay at Oxford University. After a time at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and a professorship at the University of Ulm, Prof. Al-Shamery came to Oldenburg, where she has been teaching physical chemistry since 1999.



* The money may only be used for the winning research project as follows:

  • Payment of an allowance to cover the living costs during the stay in UniCat (up to 2,000 € per month). In addition to this allowance, the prize or parts thereof may not be used for personal emoluments of the winner.
  • Consumables (regarding the project) incl. reimbursement of travel costs (single ticket from home institution to Berlin and return ticket)
  • Purchase of specific equipment for the project