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Gustav Hertz Award 2024

The Gustav Hertz Prize is intended to recognize outstanding, recently completed work by one or more young physicists and thus serve as an incentive for young scientists. The work to be honored should come from the fields of experimental or theoretical physics, show a certain degree of completion and contain new findings. "Knowledge" is not only understood in the sense of the fundamentals, but also results in the sense of application and practice. “Young physicists" are also understood to be those who have completed a doctorate and, in special cases, a habilitation, provided they have not been offered a position as a university professor or a leading position in a non-university research institute or in industry at the time of the proposal.

"For her outstanding work on exploring the properties of black holes and neutron stars in theories of gravity beyond general relativity and for their fundamental contributions to the use of compact objects and gravitational waves as precision probes for fundamental physics."

Daniela Doneva's research into the theoretical and computational astrophysics of black holes and neutron stars has uncovered novel phenomena that occur in theories of gravity beyond general relativity. Her work has led to deeper insights into "strong gravity" and enabled systematic investigations of potential degeneracies in gravitational wave measurements from different areas of fundamental physics.

Daniela Doneva completed her PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Sofia in 2012 and has been working at the University of Tübingen ever since. Her work was funded by a Humboldt Research Fellowship (2013-2015) and the Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Program (2015-2018). Since 2019, she has headed an independent Emmy Noether Junior Research Group.

The prize will be awarded in March 2024 during the DPG Annual Meeting in Berlin.



Dr. Daniela Doneva has been offered the honorable membership of the Elisabeth-Schieman-Kolleg of the Max Planck Society. It is a mentoring network of women in the natural sciences in which 5 new members are admitted every year.