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German Plant Molecular Biologist Wolf B. Frommer receives the 11th Tsungming Tu Award

German Plant Molecular Biologist Wolf B. Frommer receives the 11th Tsungming Tu Award

The 11th Tsungming Tu Award was awarded to Professor Wolf B. Frommer by Minister of Science and Technology Liang-Gee Chen in a ceremony held on May 8, 2018 at Academia Sinica. The Tsungming Tu Award honors foreign scholars who cooperate with researchers in Taiwan. Professor Frommer was the sole recipient of this year's award.

The Tsungming Tu Award is the highest academic honor that can be awarded to an international scientist in Taiwan, and is given to acknowledge outstanding academic achievements and contributions to the scientific community. The award was set up jointly by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan in 2006 in order to recognize the two countries respective scholars and promote international collaboration and Taiwan-German academic cooperation in research. To date 16 German academics have received the prize. This year's award winner will also carry out academic exchanges with Taiwan in the future, the Ministry said.

Professor Frommer holds the Humboldt Professorship at Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf and the Max Plank Institute for Breeding Research in Koln, Germany. He was elected as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences in 2015 and was awarded the German Humboldt Research Award in 2017. His outstanding research in the field of life sciences led to the discovery of the SWEET-family of sugar membrane proteins and the exploration of their roles in plants, animals and cancer cells. In addition, he has also developed many innovative tools for bio-application such as fluorescent biosensors for rapid discovery of unknown proteins, and recently developed new protein-active tools that can visually monitor tissues or organs.

Attendees at the award ceremony included Academia Sinica President James C. Liao, and Deputy Director-General of the German Institute Taipei, Ms. Sabrina Schmidt-Koschella.

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English news coverage:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/05/09/2003692778
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/ast/201805080024.aspx


  

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