Kiel evolutionary biologist receives the prestigious Max Planck Fellowship a second time

Max Planck Society honours Prof. Hinrich Schulenburg from Kiel University for his scientific work and promotion of evolutionary research in the Kiel area

- Joint press release by Kiel University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology Plön -

With over 80 research institutions, the Max Planck Society (MPG) is one of the leading institutions for basic research in Germany. It regularly awards the Max Planck Fellowship to university professors who have distinguished themselves through excellent research and special efforts to promote cooperation between their university and a Max Planck Institute. The MPG has now appointed Hinrich Schulenburg, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at Kiel University, as a Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (MPI-EB) for a further five years after 2017. The society thus honours his scientific successes, his intensive efforts to further develop the Kiel area into a top location for research in evolutionary research and the associated commitment to close cooperation between Kiel University and MPI-EB.

"Schulenburg's work, for example on evolution-based strategies to avoid antibiotic resistance, underlines in a special way how evolutionary research can contribute to solving current societal challenges. Together with his commitment to fruitful cooperation between our institute and Kiel University, this makes him a particularly worthy recipient of the Max Planck Fellowship."

Professor Paul Rainey, Managing Director of the MPI-EB

"With Hinrich Schulenburg's renewed appointment, the MPG is honouring not only his research but also his successful efforts to bring together all evolutionary biologists in the Kiel area. The MPG thus confirms the increasing importance of this scientific field at Kiel University and its partner institutions, which are currently joining forces to become a centre of cutting-edge research on evolution that is unique in Germany."

Kiel University’s President Professor Simone Fulda

Hotspot of evolutionary research in the Kiel area

Together with colleagues, Schulenburg has succeeded in recent years in bundling evolutionary research activities and scientific consortia in the Kiel region under the umbrella of the Kiel Evolution Center (KEC) at Kiel University. Since then, the university and its partner institutions - in addition to the MPI-EB, for example, the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Borstel Research Centre - have succeeded in acquiring several large research consortia such as the Clinician Scientist Program in Evolutionary Medicine (CSEM), the Leibniz Science Campus Evolutionary Medicine of the Lung (EvoLUNG) and the DFG Research Training Group (RTG) Translational Evolutionary Research (TransEvo). The researchers organised in this group pursue the common goal of counteracting the negative effects of man-made changes on natural selection and further developing evolution-based solution strategies, for example in evolutionary medicine, wildlife conservation or agriculture.


Scientific Contact:

Prof. Hinrich Schulenburg
Spokesperson Kiel Evolution Center (KEC), Kiel University:
+49 (0) 431-880-4141


Prof. Paul Rainey
Managing Director,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
+49 (0) 4522-763-710


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© Gunnar Dethlefsen/EvoLUNG

The MPG has appointed Kiel University’s Professor Hinrich Schulenburg as a Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (MPI-EB) for a further five years.

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About the Max Planck Fellowship:
The programme promotes the collaboration of outstanding university professors with scientists of the Max Planck Society. The appointment of university professors as Max Planck Fellows is limited to five years and is also linked to the leadership of a small working group at a Max Planck Institute. A total of more than 40 fellows are currently active at the Max Planck Institutes.


About Kiel Life Science (KLS)

The interdisciplinary centre for applied life sciences – Kiel Life Science (KLS) – links research at the CAU from the fields of agricultural and nutritional sciences, the natural sciences and medicine. It forms one of four research focus areas at Kiel University, and is aimed at achieving a better understanding of the cellular and molecular processes with which organisms respond to environmental influences. The research is focussed on issues such as how agricultural crop plants adapt to specific growth conditions, or how illnesses can arise through the interaction of genes, individual lifestyle and environmental factors. Health is always viewed holistically in the context of evolution. Under the research focus’ name, there are currently around 80 scientists from 40 institutes and six faculties from Kiel University working collaboratively as full members.

To Kiel Life Science (KLS)

About KEC

The Kiel Evolution Center (KEC) is an interactive platform at Kiel University that aims to better coordinate evolutionary researchers in Kiel and surroundings. Furthermore, under the key term of "Translational Evolutionary Research", specific bridges should be built between fundamental research and practical applications. Alongside the promotion of science, the focus of the Kiel Evolution Center also expressly includes teaching and public relations work. In addition to CAU, there are researchers involved from the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (MPI-EB) and the Research Center Borstel (FZB), Leibniz Center for Medical and Life Sciences.

Press contact:

Christian Urban
Science communication „Kiel Life Science",
Kiel University:
+49 (0) 431-880-1974