In 2023, as every year, the IRI THESys invited students to submit their final theses for consideration for the THESys Award. We received a number of wonderful submissions from students in Geography, European Ethnology, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Integrated Natural Resource Management, Psychology, Global Change Geography, and Business Administration, among them many theses supervised by IRI THESys members.

The prize committee selected six outstanding bachelor’s and master’s theses according to our prize criteria: connection to the IRI THESys research themes, interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity, promotion of societal transformation, and excellence in human-environment research.

On 11 January, the two award winners — one for a bachelor’s, one for a master’s thesis — and two runners-up in each category came together to present their work in a small awards ceremony in the lecture series “Der grüne Faden” of our student-led Sustainability Office. Tobias Krüger, Axel Klie, Evangelia Koutsiouki, and Krystin Unverzagt congratulated Paul Schulze (1st prize, Bachelor), Benjamin Färber (1st prize, Master), Camilla Geiger, Karim Abou Ouf, Hannah Prawitz, and Nora Spirkl. They received certificates and a monetary prize, which can be spent for academic purposes.

Once again, we thank all candidates for their submissions and congratulate them on their remarkable theses and graduation!

For more information about the THESys Award, please take a look here.