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FAN Awards 2024: Outstanding scientific achievements


Objective The FAN Awards honor early career researchers at UZH for outstanding scientific achievements. Three prizes are awarded in the fields of humanities and social sciences, law and economics, and medicine and natural sciences.


The call for applications takes place annually. Professors are invited to nominate suitable candidates from their faculty.   
Selection The prizes are awarded by a scientific jury, consisting of three professorial members of UZH, representing the three scientific areas, and a representative each from Fonds zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses and the Office of Gender Equality and Diversity.
Award FAN Award, CHF 5'000 per awardee
Further notes

Awardees of previous years

FAN ("Fonds zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses")


Awardees 2024

Melanie Ehrler

Melanie Ehrler

Postdoc developmental pediatrics
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. med. Beatrix Latal, Prof. Dr. med. Oskar Jenni 

FAN Award in the field of medicine and natural sciences for her research project:
«Die Verbindung zwischen Herz und Hirn – ein interdisziplinärer Ansatz zur Verbesserung der Entwicklung von Kindern mit angeborenem Herzfehler.»
(The connection between heart and brain – an interdisciplinary approach to improving the development of children with congenital heart defects)

University website
LinkedIn Profile Melanie Ehrler 

Regina Weder

Regina Weder

Doctoral candidate, Zentrum für Demokratie, Aarau
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. iur. Andreas Glaser 

FAN Award in the field of law and economics for her research 
«Transparenzanforderungen an behördliche Algorithmen: Status quo und Reformbedarf»
(Transparency requirements for governmental algorithms: Status quo and need for reforms)

University website
LinkedIn Profil Regina Weder


Simon Walo

Research assistant, Department of Sociology
Program Director: Prof. Dr. Jörg Rössel

FAN Award in the field of humanities and social sciences for his research project:
«The future of work: Predictions, Preferences, and Prospect» 

University website
Website Simon Walo




For this year's awards, the following early career researchers have been nominated by their respective faculties (in alphabetic order):

Chiara Aina (WWF), Lovis Noah Cassaris (PhF), Chiara Colesanti Senni (WWF), Fabrizio Creazzo (MNF), Pascal Felix Meier (RWF), Vera Wiersma (MNF)

Fotos by Nicolas Zonvi

Weiterführende Informationen

Picture gallery – Honoring the FAN Awardees at the event Sparkling Research

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FAN Awardees previous years

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