Every two years, the City of Kiel recognises special scientific achievements by awarding the Kiel Science Prize. This award is complemented by the Innovation Prize. Both are endowed with 10,000 euros in prize money and are awarded at a ceremony held during Kieler Woche.
The City of Kiel honours individuals, groups and institutions with a particular connection to Kiel or Schleswig-Holstein in their work and who have made outstanding achievements within and beyond the region.
The Kiel Science Prize was first awarded in 2001 to the pathologist and anatomist Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karl Lennert. Since then, it has been conferred every other year, alternating with the traditional Kiel Culture Prize, which was first awarded back in 1952.
Since 2017, the Science Prize has been complemented by the Innovation Prize for outstanding discoveries and science-based start-up business models.
The prize winners are proposed by the City of Kiel’s Kultur- und Wissenschaftssenat (Culture and Science Senate).