Awards and Distinctions

A very special distinction went to Florian Coulmas when he received the 2016 Meyer-Struckmann Prize conferred by the Faculty of Humanities at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf for his research on East Asia.

IN-EAST’s efforts to promote young researchers were also acknowledged within the university and beyond. The PhD theses by Allison Lamond (now at the University of Roehampton) and Martin Heinberg (now at Leeds University Business School) were recognised by the UDE in 2017 as the year’s best theses in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Mercator School of Management respectively.

Timo Heinrich (now at the University of Durham) and Giulia Romano were admitted as members of the Global Young Faculty, a Stiftung Mercator initiative to support outstanding junior researchers.

nternationally, too, IN-EAST’s young researchers received various awards for their work. Shuanping Dai and Guanzhong Yang received the Best Emerging Scholar Paper Award from the University of California, Berkeley, at the Third Annual World Open Innovation Conference for their paper “Does social inducement lead to higher open innovation investments? An experimental study”. Martin Heinberg received the Alan M. Rugman Young Scholar Award 2016 from the Academy of International Business (AIB), and Hanno Jentzsch (now at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo) the 2016 Francesco Kjellberg Award from the International Political Science Association.

The research achievements and expertise of IN-EAST scholars were acknowledged outside the academic arena as well. Thomas Heberer and Werner Pascha accompanied German President Joachim Gauck on his visits to China in 2016 and Japan in 2017 respectively.