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Scientist wins Swiss research prize

An Edinburgh scientist has won a prestigious research award for her groundbreaking work on climate science.

Gabi Hegerl receiving Hans Sigrit Prize 2016

Professor Gabriele Hegerl has been awarded the 2016 Hans Sigrist Prize.

The award was made by the Hans Sigrist Foundation at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Professor Hegerl received 100,000 Swiss francs to help further her research, and has been invited to speak in Bern at an annual symposium and take part in the University's formal awards ceremony.

Leading scientist

Prof. Hegerl has brought about continuing innovative scientific contributions that enabled the detection and attribution of man-made climate change.

Her work has helped to clarify the causes of global climate change and enabled significant progress in international climate policy.

She has also demonstrated longstanding dedicated leadership on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where she has assumed societal responsibility, and has shown inspiring enthusiasm in working with young scientists.

Prestigious prize

The Hans Sigrist Foundation has been awarding the Hans Sigrist Prize annually since 1994.

The prize field changes each year, based upon proposals from the faculties of the University of Bern.

Previous winners have come from around the world and have represented a variety of academic fields.

Two of the past winners of the Hans Sigrist Prize have gone on to become Nobel Prize Laureates later in their careers.

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