From interactive exhibitions to online content for children in lockdown: Prof. Jürgen Richter-Gebert strives to make abstract mathematical content visible, audible and easy to grasp. For his outstanding science communication, the DFG (German Research Foundation) and the Stifterverband have selected the Professor of Geometry and Visualization at the Department of Mathematics and Professor with an Affiliate Membership at the Department of Informatics as the winner of the Communicator Award 2021.
The Communicator Award worth 50,000 euros, was inaugurated in 2000 and is considered the most important prize of its kind in Germany. It is awarded to researchers who demonstrate creativity in their scientific communications.
The jury cited Prof. Richter-Gebert’s inventive and wide-ranging efforts over the past 20 years to bring the power and beauty of mathematics to life through a number of innovative formats. With relentless energy and creativity, he has continually opened up new avenues to the understanding of mathematics in various social and aesthetic contexts. The jury also noted that he encourages his audience to take the initiative in experimenting, developing concepts and pursuing further exploration.