This year, the prize has been awarded to the German-Israeli project 'The "start of a beautiful friendship?" – Comparative study of German and Israeli school NGO interactions across different socio-economic strata' from the field of humanities and social sciences.
'The ARCHES Prize is an important building block in German-Israeli research cooperation,' said Research State Secretary Rachel, 'because joint research builds bridges and contributes to mutual understanding. The selected project, which compares the interaction between non-governmental organisations and schools in both countries, is cutting edge and highly relevant. NGOs are increasingly gaining public awareness worldwide, especially among young players who want to be socially involved.'
The award goes to two scientists, Dr. Miri Yermini from Tel Aviv University and Dr. Nina Kolleck from the Free University of Berlin.
The ARCHES Prize of the BMBF, endowed with 200,000 euros per team, is administered by the Minerva Foundation for Research. The Minerva Foundation is a subsidiary of the Max Planck Society and promotes German-Israeli scientific cooperation. The founding of the Minerva Foundation in 1959 marked the beginning of Germany's scientific cooperation with Israel.