Reinhart Heinrich Award

ESMTB announces the annual Reinhart Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award to be presented to the student submitting the best doctoral thesis within the current year 2016 in any area of Mathematical and Theoretical Biology.

Professor Reinhart Heinrich (1946 – 2006) started his research career in theoretical physics and then moved into biochemistry, becoming a full professor and head of theoretical biophysics at the Humboldt University, Berlin in 1990. He is considered a father of the field that is now named Systems  Biology, since he investigated various topics such as modelling metabolic networks and metabolic control theory, modelling of signal transduction networks, nonlinear dynamics as applied to biological systems, protein translocation, lipid translocation, vesicular transport, and even DNA repair. Reinhart Heinrich was always searching for the principles that underlie observations, looking for different perspectives and connecting theoretical abstraction with biological evidence. In this way, he inspired numerous students, gave them insight and direction for future research in modern mathematical and theoretical biology, and organized a large number of memorable conferences. Gratefully acknowledging his stimulating support of our interdisciplinary field and, in particular, his way of guiding students and young scientists, the Board of ESMTB decided to offer a Doctoral Thesis Award annually to commemorate Reinhart Heinrich and his legacy in mathematical and theoretical biology.

The Prize Awarding Committee includes:
Carlos Braumann
Philip Maini
David Rand
Stefan Schuster (former assistant to Reinhart Heinrich)                    
A summary of the thesis receiving the award will be published as the lead article in the 2016 issue of
the European Communications in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology. The award includes:
· an invitation to present a lecture at the forthcoming triennial ESMTB Conference
or, alternatively,
a limited travel grant by ESMTB for a scientific visit of the recipient’s own choice,
· 1 year's free membership of ESMTB.
· A voucher for Springer books
Potential applicants may be nominated by any ESMTB member. To nominate a person for the
Reinhart Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award, the following information should be submitted to
Philip Maini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
  1. Name, address, phone number, affiliation, and email address of the nominator.
  2. Name, address, phone number, affiliation, and email address of the nominee.
  3. A detailed statement describing why the nominee should be considered for the award.
  4. An extended summary of the thesis (ca. 2-5 pages plus eventual pictures).
  5. A CV of the nominee in some form.
Closing date for nominations is 31st January 2017, by which time the thesis should have received
final acceptance by the institution granting the doctoral degree.
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to send their full thesis.