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GMS Young investigators

Young investigators are especially supported by the GMS.  Benefits for young scientists include:

• Job opportunities
We offer an information platform about open diploma / master theses, doctoral theses or postdoc positions that deal with trace elements or minerals.

• Networking
If problems or questions arise during your master’s / doctoral thesis in another, related subject, you can easily use our interdisciplinary network and obtain specific specialist advice from a colleague.

• Lab exchange
Visiting other working groups/labs promotes the research experience and helps to establish a scientific network. GMS offers young members financial support for a research stay at an external laboratory. The application is made via the GMS secretary. Deadline for application: 31.01.2024

• Travel support
GMS offers young members financial support for the participation in meetings. Young members are allowed to apply for a one-time travel allowance (up to 500 € ) visiting and actively participate a specialist conference. Alternatively, a visit to another laboratory can be supported within this financial framework. The application is made informally via the GMS secretary (anna.kipp”at”

• Poster Award / Young Researcher Award
GMS awards outstanding conference contributions during GMS and FESTEM conferences (up to 300 €).

Previous Awardees

2019: Vivek Venkataramani, Giovanna Ranzini (plus one more)
2018: Nour Gammoh
2017: Isabelle Rohn, Simone Hagmeyer
2016: Sandra Müller Desiree Willkommen
2015: Hanna Lohren
2014: Martin Bertz
2013: Nils-Peter Becker, Sarah Risnes
2012: Daniel Brugger
2011: Stefanie Volland
2010: Angelika Stenzel, Ricarda Zrdenka
2010: Andreas Müller
2008: Frau Neumann-Schaal
2007: Viola Klaus, Henry Leonhardt
2007: Tanja Schwerdtle
2006: Lars Radlach, Christian Wolf
2003: Katarzyna Bukalis
2002: Andrea Richarz


The Heinz-Zumkley-Prize of the GMS is awarded every second year. This scientific award recognises exceptional achievements and publications in the field of mineral and trace element research. Its purpose is to broaden the scientific knowledge in this area and to support emerging young scientists at the beginning of their careers. The award is endowed with up to €5000.

To be considered for the award, candidates must be no more than 6 years from the point of gaining their PhD qualification. Submitted papers must satisfy the following requirements:

• Material cover a topic in the field of minerals and trace elements, with special focus on chemical analysis, the physiology of nutrition, as well as medical, molecular, patho-biochemical and toxicological questions.

• The paper should be an original research paper evaluated by peer review. It is also possible to submit a doctoral thesis or inaugural dissertations. If the work has been published by several co-authors, the impact of the contestant must be clearly described. Collaborators can also share the award.

• All co-authors must give their consent to the candidate’s application. Please indicate if the paper is under evaluation for another prize.

Previous Awardees

2019: Urszula Doboszewska
2017: Martina Maywald
2017: Nikolay Solovyev
2011: Nicole Blum
2009: Cornelia Schmutzler
2006: Lisa Della Puppa
2003: Andrea Richarz
2000: Tanja Birrenbach