Freiberger graduate receives KlarText Prize for understandable science communication

Portrait of Dr. Ludwig Luthardt. Photo: KTS/Nikola Haubner
On October 10, the Klaus Tschira Foundation honored six young scientists who wrote a generally understandable article about their doctoral thesis. Among the prize winners is a geology graduate from the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg.

Dr. Ludwig Luthardt was born in 1987 and comes from Eberswalde-Finow. He studied geology at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Here he also received his doctorate with the thesis "Characterisation and reconstruction of a unique in situ preserved forest ecosystem of early Permian age". In his contribution "Als Chemnitz am Äquator lag" the Freiberger graduate describes how he and his colleagues discovered a fossil forest from the Permian era beneath the city in Saxony. This gave the researchers insights into the tropical life of the region 291 million years ago. They even found evidence of the activity of the sun at that time.

The winners of the KlarText Prize.Dr. Ludwig Luthardt is one of six prizewinners selected by a jury of scientists and journalists from a total of 162 applicants in the categories biology, chemistry, geosciences, computer science, mathematics, neurosciences and physics. The task for the young scientists was to write an article in German that would also clarify the research work of non-scientists.

"The KlarText Prize for Science Communication is a special project of the Klaus
Tschira Foundation; it was the first project the foundation started on its own. With
this prize, Klaus Tschira wanted to promote dialogue between researchers and the
public. This is still one of the foundation's fundamental goals today," says Beate
Spiegel, Managing Director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

As in previous years, the winners can look forward to prize money of 5000 euros each. The Klaus Tschira Foundation is also inviting all applicants to a two-day science communication workshop in Heidelberg. The winning entries will also be published on the day of the award ceremony in a popular science magazine enclosed in the ZEIT.

The application round for KlarText 2020 will start at the beginning of December,
2019. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2020.

Agnes Polewka, Klaus Tschira Stiftung, Tel.: +49-6221-533 114