Social development needs dialogue and understanding. Through its operational projects, in its networks and in conjunction with cooperation partners, Körber-Stiftung takes on current social challenges in areas of activities comprising Innovation, International Dialogue and Vibrant Civil Society. At present its work focuses on three topics: Technology needs Society, The Value of Europe and New Life in Exile.
Inaugurated in 1959 by the entrepreneur Kurt A. Körber, the foundation is now actively involved in its own national and international projects and events. In particular, the foundation feels a special bond to the city of Hamburg. Furthermore, the foundation holds a site in the capital of Germany, Berlin.
The Körber European Science Prize is presented annually, honoring outstanding scientists working in Europe for their promising research projects. The Prize is awarded to excellent and innovative research projects that show great potential for possible application and international impact. Search Committees with top scientists from all over Europe identify qualified candidates. The selection is then made by a Trustee Committee. The prize winners have the freedom and responsibility to determine how to use the 1,000,000 euro prize money.