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German researcher wins first European Latsis Prize

A European researcher, Professor Jürgen Baumert, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, has won the first European Latsis Prize (CHF 100,000) for his pioneering and influential research on education and human development.

The new annual prize, financed b...
A European researcher, Professor Jürgen Baumert, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, has won the first European Latsis Prize (CHF 100,000) for his pioneering and influential research on education and human development.

The new annual prize, financed by the Latsis Foundation, is awarded by the European Science Foundation to an individual or group who, in the opinion of their peers, has made the greatest contribution to a particular field of European research. This year, the chosen area was 'research and/or innovation in education'.

Professor Baumert is recognised as one of the leading authorities on education. His work has highlighted previously unidentified differences between students' achievements around Europe. His research and advice has not only reshaped academic thinking, says the European Science Foundation, but it has also prompted policy makers to adopt new, successful models to improve educational standards.

ESF Secretary General, Enric Banda, who chaired the selection panel, commented 'Professor Baumert epitomises the very best of European research - high quality analyses that provide practical solutions to major social and economic policy issues. He is a very worthy winner of the first European Latsis Prize'.

Professor Baumert will receive his award at the 25th Annual Assembly of the European Science Foundation on 25 November 1999.
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