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Physical Society of Berlin honors Ricarda Winkelmann

06/28/2017 – Ricarda Winkelmann received the Karl-Scheel-Preis 2017, the most important prize of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin (Physical Society of Berlin). Since 1958, the award is given annually to young scientists in the first years after their doctoral graduation for outstanding achievements. Winkelmann is honored for her excellent scientific work on the impacts of climate change on the Antarctic ice sheet and the global sea-level rise.
Physical Society of Berlin honors Ricarda Winkelmann

Ricarda Winkelmann on an expedition to Antarctica with the AWI science vessel Polarstern. Photo: M.Martin

„The exceptionally talented young scientist Ricarda Winkelmann deploys her great scientific talent with highest success for research of societal relevance”, Jürgen Kurths says, chair of the Physical Society of Berlin. Her scientific interest went “far beyond the limits of her own research discipline”. This was not only shown by an impressing number of much-cited articles in renowned scientific journals such as Nature, Science Advances or PNAS, but as well for instance by her innovative research methods opening up new perspectives in her main topic sea-level rise.

The mathematician and physicist Ricarda Winkelmann from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) finished her PhD with honors and worked since for example on the sea-level rise chapter of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC. She also spend several months researching at the renowned Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford in the United States. 2014, Winkelmann was appointed Junior Professor for Climate System Analysis at the University of Potsdam.

The Physical Society of Berlin was founded in 1845 and is hence one of the oldest scientific associations in Germany. It is dedicated to the dissemination of physical science and teaching, for instance through lecture events, colloquia and prizes for outstanding physicists. In a festive colloquium, this year’s Karl-Scheel-Prize was awarded to both Prof. Dr. Ricarda Winkelmann from PIK and Dr. Aljaž Godec from the University of Potsdam.


Weblink to the Physical Society of Berlin (in German): http://www.pgzb.tu-berlin.de/index.php?id=1

Weblink to the Karl-Scheel-Prize (in German): http://www.pgzb.tu-berlin.de/index.php?id=27

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