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Bernd Rendel Prize 2019: DFG recognizes early career achievements in geoscience

Two early career researchers have been selected to receive the 2019 Bernd Rendel Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) for their promising and original research in geoscience. Dini Adyasari, a doctoral researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, and Michael Grund, a doctoral researcher in geophysics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), both impressed the jury. They will each receive €2,000 from the Bernd Rendel Foundation, which is administered by the Stifterverband. The aim of the prize money is to enable prizewinners to participate in international conferences and meetings. The award will be presented during the annual meeting of the German Geological Society, which will be held between 22 and 25 September 2019 in Münster.

Dini Adyasari (30) is originally from Indonesia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 2010. She went on to do postgraduate studies at the University of Stavanger in Norway, where she completed her Master of Science in Environmental Technology in 2014. For her master’s dissertation, she examined water purification in wastewater treatment plants using innovative filter techniques. In 2015 she began her doctoral research at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. For her research, with support from a DAAD fellowship and a research visit to the University of Alabama, she has expanded her scientific know-how in the field of coastal groundwater input. In her dissertation she is investigating “Urban Pollution of Submarine Groundwater Discharge from Jepara Coastal Region and its Implications for Local Water Management”. Adyasari has already published as a first author in the respected journal Science of the Total Environment, with other publication topics covering submarine groundwater discharge, nutrient flows and their reactions, and the microbiology of groundwater discharge.

Michael Grund (30) earned the top grade for his master’s degree in geophysics and in mid-2015 began his doctoral research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). For his dissertation, he is analysing data from the ScanArray experiment and measurement data from permanent earthquake measuring stations relating to the speed of propagation of seismic waves. He has already achieved high-quality results within a wide spectrum of seismological and geoscientific research. His meticulous and critical approach to working with measurement results and existing models is reflected in publications in respected peer-reviewed journals. His ideas and contributions to scientific discussions demonstrate his exceptional potential for understanding, analysing and solving geoscientific questions on different scales.

The DFG has presented the Bernd Rendel Prize annually since 2002 to graduates in geoscience who have not yet completed their doctorates for scientific purposes such as enabling them to attend international conferences and meetings. The prize fund is administered by the Stifterverband. The prize was endowed in memory of geology student Bernd Rendel, who died at a young age, by his family.


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Dr. Ismene Seeberg-Elverfeldt, Geosciences, Tel. +49 228 885-2825,

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