Sz. Rózsa | 2023-05-09

Vening Meinesz Medal of EGU has been awarded to Prof. Jürgen Müller

The President of the IAG Project "Novel Sensors and Quantum Technology for Geodesy", Prof. Jürgen Müller, has received the Vening Meinesz Medal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for outstanding research achievements in the field of geodesy since 1998.

In 2023, the award goes to Prof. Jürgen Müller from the Institute of Geodesy, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. The medal is named after the Dutch geophysicist and geodesist Felix Andries Vening-Meinesz. With this award, the EGU honours Jürgen Müller's scientific leadership in the field of Lunar Laser Ranging and the test of general relativity as well as his contributions to advancing the field of geodesy especially in the use of quantum technology for novel applications and measurement concepts. With the latter, also the activities of the IAG Project “Novel Sensors and Quantum Technology for Geodesy (QuGe)” have been acknowledged.

Professor Harald Schuh from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam and former IAG president puts it this way in his laudation: “Jürgen Müller inimitably bridges the gap between physics and geodesy, where ground-breaking developments are transferred into geodetic applications. In his current research, he is working on using recent advances in quantum technology and optical clocks to improve measurements of the Earth’s gravity field and its changes in space and time. A project that has the potential to revolutionise our understanding of the Earth’s time variable gravity field.”

Prof. Annette Eicker (HCU Hamburg), president of EGU Division Geodesy, presents the medal to Prof. Jürgen Müller [photo: Sieglinde Müller]

The award ceremony took place on 26 April 2023 during the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna. With around 18,000 members, the EGU is the leading organisation for Earth, planetary and space science research in Europe. Together with partner organisations worldwide, it fosters fundamental geoscience research, alongside applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges with the aim to realise a sustainable and just future for humanity and for the planet.

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