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The University of Friborg awards prizes for research, teaching, social commitment and start-up ideas 19 October

The University of Friborg has awarded prizes for its achievements in the fields of science and education, social commitment and start-up ideas: Young Scientist Award, University Teaching Award, Special Award for Outstanding Student Commitment, Bertha Ottenstein Award and Pfiffikus Award. The winners were honored by the Rector Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein at the opening ceremony of the new academic year.

Young Scientist Award

This year, the University of Friborg awarded sponsorship prizes to 80 young scientists. The awards are given for outstanding research work on the recommendation of the respective faculty. Since 1989, individuals and institutions have provided the University with a total of €2.8 million in funding for young scientists.

Friborg Young Scientist Award

University Teaching Award and Special Award for Outstanding Student Engagement

In 2022, the University of Friborg will award the University Teaching Prize for outstanding performance to Dr. Kathrin Drozella from the Institute of Forest Sciences of the University of Friborg for the module area “Identification of woody plants” in “Flora and Fauna” and “Biology and Ecology” modules. The prize money for this prize is 10,000 euros. The special prize for outstanding student engagement, endowed with 500 euros, is awarded to Stefanie Dumberger for her many years of intensive commitment to university autonomy and the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.

Dr. Kathrin Drozella: Learn About Woody Plant Identification Online

Dr. Kathrin Drozella has developed various online tools for her module area “Woody Plant Identification” of the core modules “Flora and Fauna” and “Biology and Ecology”, with the help of which it has been possible for students to to learn to identify plants with online material and accessible georeferencing points in the agglomeration of Fribourg, despite the temporary closure of teaching places for the identification of woody plants. In doing so, she was instrumental in securing education for hundreds of students during the time of the corona pandemic. In addition, it was made available to students during live interactive sessions and fostered exchanges between them, creating a study atmosphere close to that of face-to-face studies. In addition to the design of the module, the prize also recognizes his longstanding commitment to the teaching of forestry and environmental sciences.

Stefanie Dumberger: Long-standing commitment to students of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources

Stefanie Dumberger is recognized for her many years of involvement with the student council, councils and commissions of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources. Dumberger has been involved with the Forestry-Hydro-Environment Student Council since 2015. In this role, she has shaped many processes through her initiative and commitment that have benefited students at the faculty, such as Welcome Weeks for first year students.

On the other hand, Ms. Dumberger has advocated for the interests of students at the faculty in various ways, representing the student status group on various committees such as the faculty council and the student council, shaping the allocation of the proposal budget. student of the Department of Forestry and Environment, and accompanying the reform of the curricula of various bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Bertha Ottenstein Prize

The University of Friborg announces the Bertha Ottenstein Prize each year, endowed with 5,000 EUR. This award recognizes special initiatives in the field of the advancement of women and work on gender equality as well as outstanding scientific achievements in gender and diversity research. This year, as part of the opening of the academic year, the prize was awarded equally, i.e. 2,500 euros each, to Lisa Okroi and the Arbeitskreis Feministische TheorieN (Working group on feminist theories) .

Lisa Okroi: Queer Histori(s) Freiburg – an audio guide (not) straight through the city

The Bertha Ottenstein Prize rewards the audio guide “Queere Geschichte*n Freiburg – ein Audioguide que(e)r durch die Stadt” (Queer Freiburg Story(s) – an audio guide (not) directly through the city) developed by Lisa Okroi as part of his master’s degree at the Institute of Sociology. At 27 stations, the guide tells historical and current stories about local gay people, issues, events and places in Freiburg. For freshmen, the public audio guide makes it easier to explore the city, and for queer students in particular, it helps them find their personal identity and learn about the local queer scene. Okroi’s guide is also used as multimedia teaching material in gender studies, sociology and history courses. His work contributes to a gay-friendly university.


Arbeitskreis Feministische TheorieN (Working group on feminist theories)

The Feminist Theories working group, initiated in 2018 by female and doctoral students, has been committed to bringing gender issues to the university public on a voluntary basis since its creation. The events and open symposiums organized aim to stimulate the processes of raising awareness of gender equality and to offer, in various formats, opportunities for scientific deepening of classic theoretical texts in gender studies, but also a platform for discussion. current debates in the field of intersectionality theory. The Bertha Ottenstein Prize recognizes the commitment and events of the working group as an enrichment of academic teaching and research.

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Pfiffikus Prize for Startup Ideas

The “Pfiffikus” prize for start-up ideas, provided by the Bildungsstiftung Rhenania Freiburg via the Stifterverband, is awarded by three faculties of the University of Freiburg for marketable business ideas of students and doctoral students in the fields of economics and behavioral sciences, medicine and technology. The prize is endowed with a total of 3,500 euros and supervision by experienced tutors and alumni of the Bildungsstiftung (foundation for education).

The first prize goes to the team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems spin-off “PV2+”: researchers have developed a patented solution to reduce the cost of highly efficient solar cells while improving their performance and durability by using instead of silver copper for solar cell contacts. The PV2+ thus opens up a new ecological and economic dimension for the sustainable production of high-efficiency industrial solar cells.


In addition to the first prize, two recognition prizes for worthy project ideas were awarded for the first time this year, each endowed with 500 euros:

The CYNUS team receives the recognition award for the development of its Sphere product. The spherical device allows users to control their software application on the computer with a single input device. The sphere has sensors inside that determine its position even without a base or external transmitters or sensors. The surface of Sphere is tactile all around and thus enables further control options which can be flexibly adapted to the respective applications. The jury sees Sphere as a promising approach to dramatically simplify complex input processes.


The EduFarm team is honored for their idea of ​​an educational platform for farmers. The group has developed an application that provides farmers with educational content for their work in an intuitive, personalized and simple way. The offer is supplemented by functions such as a pesticide calculator. The application is initially intended to improve the profitability of small farms in Africa and South America. Later, the offer will be extended to other regions.

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