1 February 2018 08:56

A Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University is one of eight top international humanities and social scientists awarded 250,000 euros for research cooperation in Germany.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selected Sylvia Walby OBE, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research and Director of the Violence and Society UNESCO Centre at Lancaster University to receive an Anneliese Maier Research Award. 
The awards go each year to outstanding humanities and social scientists, who are nominated by cooperation partners at German universities and research institutions. The nominating institution was the Institute of Sociology and Essen College of Gender Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen.
The prize money will be used to finance research collaborations with specialist colleagues in Germany for a period of five years. 
The prize aims to promote the internationalization of the humanities and social sciences in Germany and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The eight prize-winners were selected from a total of 111 nominees from 30 countries. 
The award ceremony will take place on 12 September in Berlin. 
“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award,” said Professor Walby. “It will enable me to take forward joint research activities with colleagues in Germany and thus deepen European connections.” 
• Every year the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of more than 28,000 Humboldtians from all over the world in more than 140 countries - among them 55 Nobel Prize winners.