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City of Vienna Prize presented to Meinrad Busslinger

10 May 2022
Left to right: Christiane Druml, Josef Smolen, Jürgen Knoblich, Meinrad Busslinger. Copyright: PID/Christian Fürthner

After a pandemic-induced two-year break for award ceremonies of the City of Vienna, laureates of the 2020 and 2021 awards were honoured in a festive setting. IMP Deputy Director Meinrad Busslinger received the award in the category Mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and engineering.

The decision to award the City of Vienna Prize in the category mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and engineering to IMP Deputy Director Meinrad Busslinger was announced in 2020. However, the pandemic did not allow for an award ceremony until now.

Further cause of joy at the Vienna BioCenter was the presentation of the 2021 award in the same category to IMBA’s director (and IMP alumnus) Jürgen Knoblich.

On 10 May 2022, the City Councillor for Culture and Science, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, finally presented the prizes in Vienna’s city hall. According to coverage in the Rathauskorrespondenz, the Art4Strings string quartet provided the musical accompaniment. The keynote speech was held by Susanne Scholl (Prize of the City of Vienna for Journalism 2021), the acceptance speech by Ernst Schmiederer (Prize of the City of Vienna for Education 2020).

The prizes of the City of Vienna have been awarded annually since 1947 in the fields of architecture, fine arts, literature, music, journalism, popular education and science. They are awarded in recognition of a lifetime's work to date and are endowed with 10,000 euros each.