Ottaviano Ruesch accepts Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize

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Ottaviano Ruesch (centre) received the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from Michael Mei

Ottaviano Ruesch (centre) received the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (left), and Hans-Christian Pape, President of the Humboldt Foundation (right). © Humboldt Foundation/Peter Himsel

The Swiss planetary geologist Dr. Ottaviano Ruesch is one of seven international research talents who have been selected this year for one of the highest endowed science prizes in Germany - the "Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize". Yesterday ( 20th November) Ottaviano Ruesch and the other prizewinners accepted the award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin.

The concept behind the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prizes is that award winners can build up their own research groups at a university or research institution of their choice with up to 1.65 million euros. The 32-year-old Ottaviano Ruesch chose the Institute of Planetology at the University of Münster, where he will carry out research over the next five years. His host is planetologist Prof. Harald Hiesinger.

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