Event | FVB | 22-10-2021

Invitation to the Marthe Vogt Award ceremony

This year, the Forschungsverbund Berlin honors not just one but two young female scientists for their excellent doctoral theses: Dr. Sabrina Yasmin Geisberger and Dr. Vittoria Sposini. The award ceremony will take place at the Leibniz Headquarters on November 2 during the Berlin Science Week.

FVB has presented the Marthe Vogt Award to a young female scientist in honor of her outstanding doctoral thesis eervy year since 2001. | Illustration: Beatriz Arribas


During the Marthe Vogt Award ceremony we will pay tribute to this year’s award-winners, biochemist Dr. Sabrina Yasmin Geisberger and physicist Dr. Vittoria Sposini. Professor Thomas Schröder, Executive Board Spokesman of the Forschungsverbund Berlin (FVB) and Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ), will welcome the audience. Professor Johanna Wanka, former German Federal Minister of Education and Research, will give the celebratory address; the laudations will be given by Dr. Stefan Kempa from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) and Professor Ralf Metzler from the University of Potsdam. A small get-together will take place after the award ceremony.

Presenter: Julika Schmitz
Music: Reinhild Kuhn and Thomas Holzhausen

The Marthe Vogt Award ceremony will take place as an in-person event on November 2, from 18:00 to 20:00; it will also be broadcast via livestream (duration: 1:15 hrs.).

The recording of the award ceremony is available on the YouTube channel of the Leibniz Association:

Due to the limited number of guests allowed, we are sadly unable to accept any more registrations at present. If you are interested in attending the ceremony, please send us your contact details and we will place you on the waiting list. The 3G rule applies, i.e. all guests must either be vaccinated, recovered or tested.

Contact: preisverleihungfv-berlin.de

The winners of the Marthe Vogt Award 2021

Dr. Sabrina Yasmin Geisberger is a researcher at the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association. As a member of Dr. Stefan Kempa’s group, she investigates metabolic resistance mechanisms in different tumor models. After completing her high school diploma in Dénia, Spain, she studied Molecular Medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. She then joined Dr. Dominik Müller’s group at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center Berlin, investigating how salt disrupts mitochondrial metabolism in macrophages. For this study, the Freie Universität Berlin awarded her a doctorate with summa cum laude at the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy in summer 2020.

Dr. Vittoria Sposini completed her university education in her home country, Italy, where she obtained her BSc from the University of Perugia in 2014 and her MSc from the University of Bologna in 2016. For her Master’s thesis, she completed a three-month stage at BCAM – Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao (Spain) in Dr. Gianni Pagnini's group. She then moved to Germany to do her doctoral research at the University of Potsdam, in Professor Ralf Metzler's group. Her close ties to the group at BCAM led to the establishment of a joint PhD programme between the University of Potsdam and the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. Vittoria Sposini defended her Doctorate in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics & Statistics in December 2020. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vienna within the REWIRE Programme, a Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions COFUND project funded by the European Commission with the main goal of reinforcing women in research. She works in Professor Christos Likos' group focusing on the stochastic modelling and statistical analysis of thermal and active motion in disordered systems, with an application to soft matter physics.