2013 Wittgenstein Award goes to physicist Ulrike Diebold
Vienna, June 17, 2013 – At a joint press conference held today, Austrian Federal Minister of Science and Research Karlheinz Töchterle, START/Wittgenstein Jury Chairman Jan Ziolkowski, and Austrian Science Fund (FWF) President Christoph Kratky announced the winner of this year's Wittgenstein Award as well as the nine early-stage researchers inducted into the FWF's START programme. Over the next five to six years, these ten researchers will have a total of approximately EUR 12 million at their disposal for their research efforts.
EU: Strong Parliament Is Weak Ally In Struggle For Human And Civil Rights
The enhanced competences of the European Parliament have had less influence on EU justice and home affairs than was widely assumed. Human and civil rights groups had hoped for strong support for their causes, but instead saw the Parliament move away from its former – and often more liberal – positions. This is a main finding of a project funded by the Austrian Science Foundation FWF which examined the impact of the changes in EU decision-making procedures on justice and home affairs over the last 20 years. The project findings will be presented at a public event to be held in Vienna today.