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Lena Henningsen Receives Leopoldina Award

Oct 04, 2016

Dr. Lena Henningsen, Associate member of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”, received the Leopoldina Early Career Award 2016. This honor is bestowed on her because of her outstanding research into present-day Chinese culture. The award ceremony took place at the Leopoldina Annual Assembly on Friday, 23 September 2016.

The sinologist Dr. Lena Henningsen received the Leopoldina Early Career Award 2016, which is funded by the Commerzbank Foundation and endowed with 30,000 Euros. The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina chose her for the outstanding research into present-day Chinese culture as well as her commitment to intercultural dialogue and to promoting a differentiated image of China. For this purpose, she regularly holds public lectures. She has also been actively engaged in promoting China-related topics in schools.

“Lena Henningsen is an outstanding young sinologist and has already received a number of distinctions for her innovative ideas in the transfer of knowledge to the wider public as well as for her research,” said the jury in its laudatory speech. “All of her activities in science and science policy are conceived and developed within the framework of intercultural dialogue.”

The award ceremony took place at the Leopoldina Annual Assembly in Halle (Saale) on Friday, 23 September 2016.

Dr. Lena Henningsen is an associate member of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” and former group member of project B12 “Rethinking Trends”. She studied Sinology, Musicology and Political Sciences in Berlin, Nanjing and Heidelberg. She gained her PhD from Heidelberg University in 2008, where she worked as a post-doc and project coordinator at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. She currently holds a junior professorship at the Institute of Chinese Studies at Freiburg University since 2012.

The Leopoldina Early Career Award honors junior scientists who have made outstanding contributions in a field represented by the Leopoldina. It has been awarded every two years since 2010 and is presented to the winner at the Leopoldina Annual Assembly. “Early career” achievements include any research carried out up to ten years after obtaining a doctorate. 

Please find more information in the press release by Leopoldina.


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