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May 20, 2022

For the occasion of the Curious2022 – Future Insight™ conference, we have created a Milestones of Science poster in collaboration with AAAS/Science. Click here to download this vibrant poster and learn about some of the most important milestones of humankind.

If you will be attending Curious2022 on site, make sure to collect a printed copy at the Merck exhibition booth!

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May 13, 2022

Many global challenges threaten our ability to live longer, healthier, and more sustainably. Science and technology can help us find the solutions. The Curious2022 - Future Insight Conference from July 12-14 brings together Nobel Prize winners and further leading scientists. With this video we invite you to join the conference in Darmstadt, Germany or online. Watch on Linkedin or Twitter.

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March 24, 2022

New fantastic speakers added! Explore all our speaker here.

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January 04, 2022

We wish all participants of the forthcoming Curious2022 – Future Insight Conference a happy new year, best of health, success and happiness and look forward to many exciting days building jointly a better tomorrow united by science.

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December 20, 2021

We are sad to announce the loss of Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs. Robert Grubbs, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, passed away on December 19, 2021. We offer our deepest condolences. 

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October 6, 2021

Congratulations to Benjamin List for winning the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Benjamin was a keynote speaker at the Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference.

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August 18, 2021

Newsweek reports on the 2021 Future Insight prize. Read more here.

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July 22, 2021

Event summary of the 2021 Future Insight days is now available - click here!

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July 15, 2021

Enthusiastic statements from participants of the 2021 Future Insight Days: Read the statements here!

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June 25, 2021

Nature Outlook the Spinoff Prize 2021 now live! More details here.

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July 13, 2021

Future Insight Prize 2022: send in proposals.

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June 7, 2021

Almost 1,500 people have already signed up to join the 2021 Future Insight Days and registrations keep coming in. If you have not done it yet, sign up today!

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May 27, 2021

Anja Karliczek, Minister for Education and Research of Germany, will give the laudatory speech for the 2021 Future Insight Prize

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April 22, 2021

Katalin Kariko - mastermind behind the RNA vaccines - has signed the Darmstadt Science Declaration

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April 20, 2021

Agenda of the 2021 Future Insight Days online!

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April 19, 2021

EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to kick-off 2021 Future Insight Days

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January 15, 2021

At the beginning of the year 2021 the organizer of the Curious- Future InsightTM Conference Ulrich Betz has been appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).

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December 23, 2020

The Future Insight™ Days 2021 will take place July 12-14, 2021, to celebrate excellence in science and technology even in challenging times. The three-day event features the awarding of the Merck Future Insight Prize that comes with a targeted 1.000.000 EUR research grant, the Spinoff Prize as well as the Johann Anton Merck Award. Find out more.

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December 22, 2020

Due to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone the Curious – Future Insight Conference to the new date: July 12th – 14th, 2022. The safety and wellbeing of our participants is the number one priority. 

This crisis shows once again that the progress in science and technology needs to be accelerated and Curious – Future Insight Conference – is the place to help achieve that, to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow. 

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December 1, 2020

The Curious2018, Future Insights in Science and Technology book is among the top used publications on SpringerLink that concern one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more here

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November 18, 2020

The Spinoff Prize applications have been extended to  December 14, 2020. Apply here.

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November 17, 2020

This week our new campaign started - United by Science - United for Science. Find out more here.

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November 10, 2020

Science can create a better tomorrow. Today we’re joining UNESCO in celebrating Science for and with Society on World Science Say. Our initiatives are driven by the belief that science can solve the challenges of today and enable the dream of a better tomorrow for humankind. Find out more.

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November 2, 2020

Apply for the Spinoff Prize by November 15th! The Spinoff Prize is a Nature Research award in partnership with Merck.

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October 7, 2020

We congratulate Emmanuelle Charpentier, keynote speaker at Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference,  for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020!

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October 1, 2020

The Curious2021 – Future Insight Conference will run as a hybrid on-site/online event.

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June 30, 2020

The Spinoff Prize established by Nature Research in partnership with Merck showcases and celebrates global excellence in the commercialisation of research through the creation of spinoff companies. Find out more about the Spinoff Prize, the finalists, and the jury here.  

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May 08, 2020

The Future Insight™ Virtual Event will take place on July 13th, 2020, and it will feature the awarding of the Merck Future Insight Prize and the Nature Research Spinoff Prize. Further information will folllow.

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May 4, 2020

Due to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone the Curious – Future Insight Conference to the new date: July 12th – 14th, 2021.

The safety and wellbeing of participants are number one priority and given the high number of COVID-19 infections throughout the world, it is impossible to hold the international gathering in July this year.

This crisis shows once again that the progress in science and technology needs to be accelerated and Curious – Future Insight Conference – Science for a better tomorrow – is the place to help achieve that, to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow.

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March 31, 2020

Currently the Jury of the Merck Future Insight Prize and the Jury of the Merck-Nature Spin-off Prize are evaluating top candidates and are working on selecting the winners for 2020.

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March 16, 2020

Curious2020 – Future Insight Conference - SARS-CoV2 Update:

At this point in time we plan to run Curious2020 as planned but are monitoring the further pandemic situation daily. In case the situation does not get better and the conference cannot be run as planned we may either virtualize the event or postpone it to a later point in time or move forward with a mixture of both options. In case the event is virtualized or postponed to 2021 tickets for 2020 remain valid. Stay healthy.

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March 5, 2020

Nature will host a set of 3 panels on day one of the Curious2020 Conference discussing several topics revolving the future of food.Find out more here.

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February 24, 2020

Deadline approaching – apply now for the Spinoff Prize a Nature Research award in partnership with Merck.

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February 12, 2020

The agenda is online now! Find out more.

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December 09, 2019

Submit your abstract now and present your current work, projects, and research at the Curious2020 - Future Insight Conference. Find out more here.

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November 30, 2019

Applications are now open for The Spinoff Prize — a new award for early stage university spinoff companies from around the world. Shortlisted spinoffs will pitch in front of a live audience at the Curious Future Insight Conference 2020. Find out more here

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November 25, 2019

TICKET SALES is open NOW
Be part of one of the world’s most renowned gatherings of the brightest scientists and most accomplished entrepreneurs to explore the future of science and technology. Get your 3 days conference ticket here.

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October 17, 2019

Submit your proposals for the 2020 Future Insight Prize winner now!

The 2020 Prize will be given out to honor outstanding achievements in the field of Multi Drug Resistance. Read more.

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August 16, 2019

The Curious2018 book is available now. Order here.

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July 09, 2019

Future Insight Prize: € 1 Million Research Grant Awarded for the First Time. Read more.

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May 07, 2019

This month the Jury meets to determine the winner of the Merck Future Insight Prize, Merck’s annual up to 1 Mio Euro gift to humanity for a better tomorrow through scientific advancement. Find out more

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December 11, 2018

A report from curious 2018 media partner Nature: an innovative conference that aimed to create a new future — not just predict one: Read more.

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November 06, 2018

Science / AAAS Webinar "Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds" - Register here to watch the 2-hour recording moderated by News Editor Tim Appenzeller that includes illustrious panelists representing a broad range of fields. 

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October 10, 2018

Submit your applications for the 2019 Future Insight Prize for pandemic protection until 31. Dec 2018. 

At the occasion of its 350th anniversary, Merck is looking to stimulate innovative solutions to solve some of humanities greatest problems - the two stage application process is now open. The 2019 Prize will be given out to honor outstanding achievements in Pandemic Protection. Read more. 

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October 03, 2018

Congratulations to Frances Arnold, speaker at Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018

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August 25, 2018

The media gallery is now live with the first videos. Check back soon for more content.

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August 15, 2018

Two International Stevie Gold Awards for the  Holistic concept for Merck's 350 anniversary year scientific activities track „Curious2018, FutureInsightPrize, Anniversary Innovation Cup” in the categories "Innovator of the Year" and "Executive of the Year - Pharmaceuticals". Learn more.

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August 12, 2018

More than 550 signatories to the Darmstadt Science Declaration. Find examples of individuals who signed here.

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July 27, 2018

Participant gave us their fantastic feedback. Read the results of our survey here.

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July 27, 2018

Sign the Darmstadt Science Declaration, a global call to action to devote more resources to the advancement of science & technology.

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July 20, 2018

Science Webinar "Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds" - Now available on request

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July 20, 2018

ChemViews Magazine published an article covering the Curious2018 conference. Read the article here.

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July 19, 2018

Greetings from the Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek. Read her message here.

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July 18, 2018

Thank you for your participation in Curious2018! More than 1.200 participants from all over the world helped to make this a truely unique event! 

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July 12, 2018

Coming to Curious2018? Do not forget to download the app which will help to guide you through the conference! 

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June 19, 2018

Not attending Curious2018? Watch the Science AAAS Webinar here.

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May 24, 2018

Curious2018 is coming closer! Make sure to book your hotel and flights. For your convenience, we have identified preferred hotels in Darmstadt and Frankfurt. Click here to get a list of these hotels.

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May 16, 2018

Huge interest in free tickets for Curious2018. More than 1.000 applications from scientists, entrepreneurs and industry representatives from all over the world!

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May 15, 2018

Media Briefing Deck now available in English. Click here.

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May 8, 2018

Media Briefing Deck now available in German. Click here.

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April 24, 2018

Due to exceptionally high interest, we have decided to extend the application deadline one additional week to May 8th – apply now here.

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April 12, 2018

Merck sponsored Angewandte Chemie International Edition now available. Read more here.

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April 6, 2018

Is your company active in the fields drug discovery, biotechnology, performance materials, or digitalization?

Book yourexhibition booth at the Curious2018 Conference and present your company’s portfolio to a top audience. Meet and network with 1000+ scientists, innovators, and business developers from businesses and universities throughout the world focusing on the future of science and technology.

The exhibition booths come fully furnished including screens and two participation tickets with access to the full conference.

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March 18, 2018

Merck sponsored HBR article "Breakthrough Innovation in the 21st Century" now available. Click here.

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March 16, 2018

"Merck - Fighting Disease for 350 Years" White Paper now published. Read more here.

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March 8, 2018

Nature Outlook the Future of Medicine published with support from Merck at the occasion of its 350th anniversary. 

Click here to read more.

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February 6, 2018

Merck celebrates it's 350th anniversary. Read more in the press release.

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February 1, 2018

With more than 2200 applications globally for the 2018 Innovation Cup, we have achieved a new all time record – this reflects the growing reputation of the Innovation Cup at innovation hotspots all over the world!

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January 30, 2018

Interested to join Curious2018? Free slots are available! Apply here.

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January 16, 2018

Preliminary agenda is now live. Take a look here.

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January 8, 2018

One week left! Take your chance and apply now for the Anniversary Edition of the Innovation Cup!

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January 1, 2018

The Curious2018 Team wishes you a successful and happy New Year 2018!

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December 15, 2017

One month left!Apply here for the Anniversary Edition of the Innovation Cup!

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November 27, 2017

Options to purchase an exhibition space will be made available in Q1 2018.

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November 7, 2017

Curious2018 will host two panel discussion organized together with Nature and Science AAAS on the future of medicine and breakthrough technologies of the year.

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October 12, 2017

Speaker registration will open in Q1 2018. Click here for more details.

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September 4, 2017

Review Paper "Is the Force Awakening" published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

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April 28, 2017

Innovation Cup wins Edison Award and Stevie Gold Award in addition to previous Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft and German Idea Award.

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May 20, 2022

For the occasion of the Curious2022 – Future Insight™ conference, we have created a Milestones of Science poster in collaboration with AAAS/Science. Click here to download this vibrant poster and learn about some of the most important milestones of humankind.

If you will be attending Curious2022 on site, make sure to collect a printed copy at the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany exhibition booth!

More

March 24, 2022

New fantastic speakers added! Explore all our speaker here.

More

January 04, 2022

We wish all participants of the forthcoming Curious2022 – Future Insight Conference a happy new year, best of health, success and happiness and look forward to many exciting days building jointly a better tomorrow united by science.

More

December 20, 2021

We are sad to announce the loss of Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs. Robert Grubbs, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, passed away on December 19, 2021. We offer our deepest condolences. 

More

October 6, 2021

Congratulations to Benjamin List for winning the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Benjamin was a keynote speaker at the Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference.

More

August 18, 2021

Newsweek reports on the 2021 Future Insight prize. Read more here.

More

July 22, 2021

Event summary of the 2021 Future Insight days is now available - click here!

More

July 15, 2021

Enthusiastic statements from participants of the 2021 Future Insight Days: Read the statements here!

More

June 25, 2021

Nature Outlook the Spinoff Prize 2021 now live! More details here.

More

July 13, 2021

Future Insight Prize 2022: send in proposals.

More

June 7, 2021

Almost 1,500 people have already signed up to join the 2021 Future Insight Days and registrations keep coming in. If you have not done it yet, sign up today!

More

May 27, 2021

Anja Karliczek, Minister for Education and Research of Germany, will give the laudatory speech for the 2021 Future Insight Prize

More

April 22, 2021

Katalin Kariko - mastermind behind the RNA vaccines - has signed the Darmstadt Science Declaration

More

April 20, 2021

Agenda of the 2021 Future Insight Days online!

More

April 19, 2021

EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to kick-off 2021 Future Insight Days

More

January 15, 2021

At the beginning of the year 2021 the organizer of the Curious- Future InsightTM Conference Ulrich Betz has been appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).

More

December 23, 2020

The Future Insight™ Days 2021 will take place July 12-14, 2021, to celebrate excellence in science and technology even in challenging times. The three-day event features the awarding of the Merck Future Insight Prize that comes with a targeted 1.000.000 EUR research grant, the Spinoff Prize as well as the Johann Anton Merck Award. Find out more.

More

December 22, 2020

Due to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone the Curious – Future Insight Conference to the new date: July 12th – 14th, 2022. The safety and wellbeing of our participants is the number one priority. 

This crisis shows once again that the progress in science and technology needs to be accelerated and Curious – Future Insight Conference – is the place to help achieve that, to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow. 

More

December 1, 2020

The Curious2018, Future Insights in Science and Technology book is among the top used publications on SpringerLink that concern one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more here

More

November 18, 2020

The Spinoff Prize applications have been extended to  December 14, 2020. Apply here.

More

November 17, 2020

This week our new campaign started - United by Science - United for Science. Find out more here.

More

November 10, 2020

Science can create a better tomorrow. Today we’re joining UNESCO in celebrating Science for and with Society on World Science Say. Our initiatives are driven by the belief that science can solve the challenges of today and enable the dream of a better tomorrow for humankind. Find out more.

More

November 2, 2020

Apply for the Spinoff Prize by November 15th! The Spinoff Prize is a Nature Research award in partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

More

October 7, 2020

We congratulate Emmanuelle Charpentier, keynote speaker at Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference,  for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020!

More

October 1, 2020

The Curious2021 – Future Insight Conference will run as a hybrid on-site/online event.

More

June 30, 2020

The Spinoff Prize established by Nature Research in partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany showcases and celebrates global excellence in the commercialisation of research through the creation of spinoff companies. Find out more about the Spinoff Prize, the finalists, and the jury here.  

More

May 08, 2020

The Future Insight™ Virtual Event will take place on July 13th, 2020, and it will feature the awarding of the Merck Future Insight Prize and the Nature Research Spinoff Prize. Further information will folllow.

More

May 4, 2020

Due to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone the Curious – Future Insight Conference to the new date: July 12th – 14th, 2021.

The safety and wellbeing of participants are number one priority and given the high number of COVID-19 infections throughout the world, it is impossible to hold the international gathering in July this year.

This crisis shows once again that the progress in science and technology needs to be accelerated and Curious – Future Insight Conference – Science for a better tomorrow – is the place to help achieve that, to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow.

More

March 31, 2020

Currently the Jury of the Merck Future Insight Prize and the Jury of the Merck-Nature Spin-off Prize are evaluating top candidates and are working on selecting the winners for 2020.