July 21, 2015

Carl-Philipp Heisenberg new member of Leopoldina

IST Austria professor elected to German National Academy

Carl-Philipp Heisenberg has been named member of Leopoldina (Class II: Life Sciences). The cell biologist—since 2009 at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria—studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which vertebrate embryos take shape. To obtain insights into critical processes in vertebrate morphogenesis the Heisenberg group focuses on gastrulation movements in zebrafish.

IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger—also a member of Leopoldina as is neuroscientist Peter Jonas—compliments Heisenberg: “The election illustrates yet again the international prestige of our scientists. I am delighted and congratulate Carl-Philipp Heisenberg.” Evolutionary biologist Nick Barton was awarded in 2013 with the Mendel medal for significant contributions to the field of population genetics.

The Leopoldina was founded in 1652. With 1,500 members, it brings together outstanding scientists from about 30 countries. As national academy it represents the German scientific community in international committees and speaks out on social and political questions, providing a nonpartisan, factual framework for discussion. Under the auspices of the Leopoldina, interdisciplinary groups of experts publish policy-guiding statements on issues of current interest. It promotes scientific and public debate, supports young scientists, confers awards for scientific achievements, conducts research projects, and campaigns for the human rights of persecuted scientists.

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