Clara Immerwahr Award

The Clara Immerwahr Award, launched by UniCat in 2011, is an award for promoting equity and excellence in catalysis research fostering young female scientists at an early stage of their career. The award is dedicated to Dr. Clara Immerwahr (1870-1915), who was the first woman  in Germany to earn a doctorate in Physical Chemistry in 1900.

The Clara Immerwahr Award 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 example of the promotion of outstanding young female scientists and is another successful measure taken by UniCat aimed at advancing female researchers.

We are pleased to congratulate this year's awardee, Dr. Maria Escudero Escribano from University of Copenhagen, DK. Dr. Escudero Escibano will be honored during a public ceremony  involving a guest lecture held by Prof. Dr. Clémence Corminboeuf from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) at TU Berlin.

Attention! The Award ceremony will be postponed. Please stay tuned for further information.

The Clara Immerwahr Award will be continued by UniSysCat.

For more information regarding the Clara Immerwahr Award 2019 please refer to


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

  • Payment of an allowance to cover the living costs during stays in UniCat (up to 2,000 € per month) incl. reimbursement of travel costs (round-trip ticket).
  • Project related consumables