An outstanding award – for Philip Wigge and for the IGZ

Philip Wigge, programme area head at IGZ, has been awarded a project by the European Research Council (ERC).

22. April 2021
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Photos: Philip Wigge (left, credit: Mike Thornton). Plant cells are visualised containing temperature sensing proteins (in green). The cells are at higher temperature, and the proteins make speckles in response to temperature. This introduces changes in g
Photos: Philip Wigge (left, credit: Mike Thornton). Plant cells are visualised containing temperature sensing proteins (in green). The cells are at higher temperature, and the proteins make speckles in response to temperature. This introduces changes in g

The project with the acronym “TIPTOP” is about how plants measure temperature changes and how they adapt to different temperatures. This is a so-called “ERC Advanced Grant”; a highly selective funding line in Europe. This year, the state of Brandenburg is particularly successful with three approved projects in this funding line. We at the IGZ can be proud that, in addition to two projects on planetary research at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, Philipp Wigge’s group at the IGZ was also awarded.

We congratulate Philip Wigge and his team for this great success. We know that this is a well-deserved result of hard work and great commitment. We will do everything we can to ensure that the new colleagues who will be working with us in the frame of the project have the best working conditions. We look forward to continuing to work together for the themes of our institute, and to contribute to the availability of healthy and safe food for all people, even in times of global change.

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It is a great day for the Institute, and also for our many friends and supporters. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ministries: Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur (MWFK) and Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), who make our work possible through their funding and support. But especially, of course, congratulations once again to our colleague Philip Wigge!

We celebrate this day together!

Eckhard George, Director of Research IGZ