The DGM Prize is awarded to an excellent scientist who is at the centre of his research career, for exceptional scientific or technical achievements, that represent a publicised, documented breakthrough in materials science and engineering or have opened a new field of research. The DGM Prize is awarded maximum once a year. It consists of a certificate and the sculpture "Durchbruch" (breakthrough).
The German Society for Materials Science awards the DGM Prize to an excellent scientist for exceptional scientific or technical achievements. The work should represent a publicised, documented breakthrough in materials science and engineering or the opening of a new field of research. An excellent researcher in the middle of his or her scientific work will be honoured. The prize is awarded according to the recommendations of the Award Committee and following the decision reached by the DGM Executive Board. The prize is awarded to an individual, maximum once a year. The award is named “DGM Prize XXXX” (XXXX stands for the year in which it is awarded). With this prize, excellent scientists are honoured for exceptional scientific or technical achievements. The work should represent a publicised, documented breakthrough in materials science and engineering or the opening of a new field of research. At the award ceremony, dissertations must be excluded. The DGM Executive Board decides on the award-giving, having consulted with the Award Committee I. The Board’s decision is final. The prize can be awarded maximum once a year. The award ceremony can be postponed if no researcher worthy of the prize is recognized. It is not permissible to share the prize. The announcement of the winner take place formally, on the occasion of a main DGM event during the course of that year (e.g. DGM Day). The award consists of a certificate in which the conferring of the award along with a description of the work being recognized is stated and a sculpture which suitably represents the importance of the prize. The announcement of the prizes to be awarded takes place in the main DGM presentation media. Suggestions may be sent to the main DGM office.
Submissions for the evaluation of candidates should be sent as PDF documents by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Documents: letter of appraisal (1-2 pages), CV, if necessary list of publications and any other information that may help in the evaluation of a candidate.
Suggestion will be accepted every year until 31st August.
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Since 1992, Stefanie Welk has been working with the material wire, which she bends with her hands, knots or welds, transforming it into transparent sculptures. Often, she displays her wire objects in an exciting correlation with other materials like steel, wood or natural stone.
Her work shows the human being in his diverse relations with the world:
At first, tightly wound figures emerge, later mythological creatures. In the next stage of development, the figures expand into spherical shapes, wires making force fields around them, however in doing so, the boundary between the body and the surrounding space is no longer clearly definable. Her newer work shows dynamic groups of people as webs of connected lines. In Stefanie Welk’s work, metal is transformed into a transparent and breathable medium for intellectual currents, energy pathways, spheres of influence and energy fields, that emerge from her figures and which are permeated by them. Always recognizable in them, appears the inherent desire to surpass oneself, to expand oneself, to form networks and to take the plunge into the future.