The Members of our Jury: Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss

July 17, 2013

The Max Planck Society is one of Germany’s most successful research organisations and has, since establishment in 1948, been home to 17 Nobel laureates. As President of the Society since 2002, Professor Dr. Peter Gruss offers valuable insight when judging the entries to the “empowering people. Award”.


“The simplest ideas are often the best and not infrequently the most effective. One famous example of this is the invention of the wheel more than 5000 years ago. To this day, simple yet ingenious low-tech solutions continue to make human lives easier and supplement expensive high-tech applications. I am pleased to support the Siemens Stiftung in its efforts through the “empowering people. Award” to help people in the developing and emerging countries reap the benefits of such low-cost opportunities.”


Gruss himself has received numerous awards and distinctions for his scientific contributions, including the Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1994, the German Future Prize in 1999.  In 2009, he was awarded with the Federal Cross of Merit.

Carola Schwank
Carola Schwank

Carola Schwank is project manager of the “empowering people. Award” at Siemens Stiftung (foundation). After studying German Philology, History, Political Science and Sociology she held several managing positions in communications and social policy at Siemens AG. From 2000 to 2009, she headed the internal and external communication activities of Siemens in the Erlangen-Nuremberg region. Since October 2009, she has worked as a senior project manager in the action area of Basic Needs and Social Entrepreneurship at the Siemens Stiftung.

You can follow her @Emp_Ppl_Award.

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