Peter Klimek is Scientist of the Year 2021!


Jan 10, 2022

Another celebration round at the Hub!

 

Every year, the Austrian Association of Education and Science Journalists honors a researcher for the outstanding and comprehensible communication of his or her research field.

 

This year, the award goes to our tireless Peter Klimek.

 

The title “Scientist of the Year 2021″—the second award for Peter within a couple of months—is well deserved indeed.

 

Not only is Peter, who somehow turned into the “COVID face” of the Hub during the past two years, literally working day and night on corona forecasts and explanations, including forecasts and advises on the pandemic for the Austrian government. Among a lot of other projects, he supervised the most successful paper we ever published: “Ranking the effectiveness of worldwide COVID-19 government interventions.”

 

Moreover—and this is what that award is honoring—, Peter is an always competent and well to understand conversational partner for journalists. Despite literally thousands of inquiries by now, he patiently takes his time to explain, explain again if necessary, always making the complex comprehensible for lay people.

 

Click and see the award presentation ceremony with Peter speaking [in German].

Peter Klimek, Austrian Scientist of the Year © Presseclub Concordia

Second Scientist of the Year at the Hub

 

This makes him the second “Scientist of the Year” of the Hub already: Our president Stefan Thurner received the prize in 2018.

 

“I see it as a very important aspect of my work—in fact the work of all scientists—to explain the public what we do,” Peter said at the ceremony.

 

You really do a great job, Peter!

Congrats from all of us.


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