21. June 2017 Kiel Science Award goes to Ruth Schmitz-Streit

Kieler Wissenschaftspreis 2017 geht an Ruth Schmitz-Streit

State capital Kiel honours microbiologist from Kiel for outstanding scientific achievements

On June 25th, the Kiel Professor and molecular microbiologist Ruth Schmitz-Streit, who has been conducting research in the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" for more than 10 years and is committed to the support of junior scientists, has received the Science Award 2017 of the City of Kiel, including prize money of 10,000 Euro. Every two years the State Capital Kiel honours outstanding scientific achievements with the Science Award. The award ceremony takes place in an official ceremony in Kiel's City Hall.

 

Ruth Schmitz-Streit has been conducting research and teaching at the Institute for General Microbiology at Kiel University, which she heads, since 2004. Her research work ranges from the regulation of the nitrogen metabolism in bacteria and archaea, the nitrogen cycle and the identification of new substances from the ocean and includes studies with host microorganism interactions. Within the "Cluster of Excellence" she works on the identification of new enzymes and substances from the sea for biotechnological and medical applications.

Ruth Schmitz-Streit has been conducting research and teaching at the Institute for General Microbiology at Kiel University, which she heads, since 2004. Her research work ranges from the regulation of the nitrogen metabolism in bacteria and archaea, the nitrogen cycle and the identification of new substances from the ocean and includes studies with host microorganism interactions. Within the "Cluster of Excellence" she works on the identification of new enzymes and substances from the sea for biotechnological and medical applications.

She is active in various bodies and research associations at Kiel University, within the marine sciences in the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" as well as in the Collaborative Research Centre 754 "Climate-Biogeochemical interactions in the tropical ocean" and in the steering group of the university research focus area Kiel Marine Science (KMS). In addition to her research, she is committed to education and support of early career scientists in both of these areas. For more than ten years, she has been in the steering committee of the Integrated School of Ocean Science (ISOS), the network for PhD candidates of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean". Furthermore, Schmitz-Streit is the spokesperson of the priority program (SPP) 2002 "Prokaryotic Small Proteins: an Unknown World". Like the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", the SPP 2002 is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Moreover, she is the first woman to be named president of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM), one of the largest and most important German-speaking expert associations in the area of Life Sciences.

Further information
www.uni-kiel.de/pressemeldungen/?pmid=2017-082-wissenschaftspreis-schmitzstreit (Link to the press release of Kiel University)
http://www.mikrobio.uni-kiel.de/de/ag-schmitz-streit (personal website of Ruth Schmitz-Streit)
www.kms.uni-kiel.de/de/personen/mitglieder/ruth-schmitz-streit (Research profile within the university research focal area Kiel Marine Science, KMS)
www.futureocean.org/de/isos/index.php (Integrated School of Ocean Science)