Mario Markus Prize

Mario Markus Prize for Ludic Science


  • Field: Ludic Natural Sciences
  • Consists of: ?10,000, travel expenses, certificate
  • First awarded: 2022

Mario Markus call for proposals call

Here you will find the call for nominations for the Mario Markus Prize 2023.

Nomination deadline: May 31, 2023.

“Ludic” is derived from the Latin word “ludens”, which means playing.

With its new Mario Markus Prize for Ludic Science, the GDCh wants to recognize a scientific work in the field of natural science that is “playful”. The term “playful” is used here to designate discoveries that arose from research that was undertaken not with any specific application in mind, but simply out of curiosity about the natural world.

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The work should have been published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2018 or later.

Prize-winning team 2022: Johann Ostmeyer, University of Liverpool, Christoph Schürmann, University of Bonn, and Carsten Urbach, University of Bonn

Christoph Schürmann, Dr.
Johann Ostmeyer und
Prof. Dr. Carsten Urbach (v.l.)
(Foto: Universität Bonn/
Gunar Peters)

The prize-winning team consisting of Dr. Johann Ostmeyer, Christoph Schürmann and Prof. Dr. Carsten Urbach received the Mario Markus Prize for their scientific work on the flight behavior of beer mats. The German Chemical Society honors outstanding scientific work with a playful character. The awardee convinced the jury with their unconventional approach and were honored on December 6, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main.

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Mario Markus

Prof. Dr. Mario Markus is the donor of the award. He grew up as a child of German parents in Chile, where he studied mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. In 1965, he continued his studies of mathematics and physics in Heidelberg, where he also received his doctorate in 1973. Prof. Markus did research at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt am Main in 1974 before he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Nutritional Physiology (now MPI for Molecular Physiology) in Dortmund in 1975 as a research associate in the department of biochemist and biophysicist Benno Hess. In 1988, he habilitated at the University of Dortmund, where he worked first as a Privatdozent and from 1997 as an associate professor. Prof. Markus has led his own research group at the MPI of Molecular Physiology since 1993.

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jury members

Prof. Dr. Mario Markus, Dortmund (Founder)
Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert, University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Michael Schreckenberg, University of Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Joachim Stolze, TU Dortmund University

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