Department of Mathematics

The Tübingen Prize for Science Communication was established in 2020 and aims to motivate scientists at the University of Tübingen to enter into an intensive dialogue with society about the methods and results of their research. The award is part of the University of Tübingen's excellence strategy and is intended to promote exchange between science and society and is endowed with 10,000 euros.

The Tübingen Prize for Science Communication for 2022 is awarded to the mathematician Prof. Dr. Carla Cederbaum. She is being honoured for her continuous efforts to communicate mathematics to children and adults. "Carla Cederbaum has been an outstanding communicator of mathematics for many years," the jury's statement reads. "With her lectures, workshops and popular science publications, she is an exemplary and model ambassador in the best sense of the word for a discipline whose applications are increasingly permeating the modern world. Cederbaum always succeeds in conveying complex mathematical problems with particular clarity, vividness and relevance to everyday life."

Since her studies, Ms Cederbaum has been committed to communicating mathematical problems and solutions to a broad public. She organised exhibitions and lecture series as well as workshops for children on topics such as "Magic with Mathematics" or "Numbers as Detectives". Her book "How to unmask a chocolate thief - and other mathematical magic tricks" has been translated into three languages. Together with the support organisation "Maths in Life", she published the board game GANITA in 2021, which she developed together with the student Anja Fetzer, among others. GANITA is suitable for pupils from grade 5. While the players move around the board with their figures, they solve tasks from different categories. For example, they have to explain the word "fraction" in pantomime or estimate how long people have been calculating.