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Based on the decision of the university management of 02.12.2019, the new "Julius Maximilians Medal" will be awarded by the university management as a university honor for special service starting in 2020.

It thus replaces the Bene Merenti Medal previously awarded. The honorees of this medal in gold, silver and bronze can be found here.

Prof. Dr. Georg Ertl (2022)

Georg Ertl joined the Medical Clinic of the University of Würzburg as a research assistant in 1981. In 1986, he habilitated in internal medicine and became a senior physician as an internist and cardiologist. In 1991, he became a university professor and senior consultant at the University Hospital of Würzburg (UKW). In 1995, Georg Ertl accepted the appointment to the Chair of Cardiology at the Faculty of Clinical Medicine Mannheim/Heidelberg. Back in Würzburg, he succeeded him in 1999 as Director of the Medical Clinic and Polyclinic I at the UKW and held the Chair of Internal Medicine. It was not only as Dean of the Medical Faculty that he was particularly committed. He was chairman of the German Society for Internal Medicine. Georg Ertl has been a member of the Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences, since 2002. From 2016 to 2020, he steered the fortunes of UKW and its more than 7000 employees as Medical Director and Chairman of the Board. At the end of 2020, Georg Ertl retired as Medical Director.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Hahn (2022)

Since 2001, Barbara Hahn held the Chair of Geography III - General and Applied Economic Geography at the University of Würzburg. She held this chair until her retirement in 2021. Since her successor to the chair will not take up her duties until July 2022, Barbara Hahn is thankfully filling in for her own chair until then. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2005, as Deputy Director from 2009 to 2013, and as Director of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) from 2013 to 2017. Until 2018, Barbara Hahn was also a member of the advisory board of the Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus gGmbH in Munich, which was founded in 2014. Between 2017 and 2022, she chaired the section "Geography and Economics" in the Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien e.V. Barbara Hahn rendered outstanding service to the academic self-administration of JMU from 2003 to 2005 as Dean of the former Faculty of Earth Sciences. Prior to that, she was one of the first women's representatives at JMU and was particularly committed to equal opportunities.


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. August Heidland (2022)

His training as a specialist in internal medicine from 1958 to 1964 led August Heidland to Würzburg, where he also habilitated in 1966. August Heidland's research interests include work on "Kidney Transplant Rejection and Protease Activation," the "Biocompatibility of Dialysis Membranes," and "Protein Catabolism in Acute Uremia. His list of publications shows more than 500 titles. In the course of his work, he raised significant amounts of third-party funding for nephrological research. In his 36 years at the University Hospital of the JMU, August Heiland built up a clinically and scientifically highly respected nephrology and created completely new structures of patient care. As the initiator and spiritual father of the so-called "Gelehrtentafeln" (scholars' tables), after his retirement he created a public relations format that is still indispensable today and made a very significant contribution to the reappraisal of the university's history.


Dr. Wolfgang Geise (2022)

Dr. Wolfgang Geise was the first full-time animal welfare officer at JMU. In this function, he further developed animal welfare at JMU, including the hospital, to the best possible standard. After his appointment to the civil service for life in 1997, he was appointed Authorized Representative for Biological Safety for the entire area of the University of Würzburg and the hospital in 1998. In the same year, he was appointed Academic Senior Councillor and, in 2003, Academic Director. In 2015, Wolfgang Geise took over the management of the staff unit Occupational Safety, Health, Animal and Environmental Protection, first on a temporary basis and then full-time in 2016. In 2018, he was appointed Senior Academic Director. He was instrumental in managing the Corona pandemic at JMU by initiating a one-stop shop in his staff office and creating the Covid 19 homepage. He was also very involved in JMU's Sustainability Commission, contributing his good ideas in particular.


Dr. Eberhard Rommel (2022)

Between 1993 and 1995, Eberhard Rommel was a research associate in the Collaborative Research Center 355 "Pathophysiology of Heart Failure" at the University of Würzburg. His field of work included fast quantitative cardiac imaging in the rat as well as sample head construction. Eberhard Rommel's scientific work includes more than 50 publications. He has filed three patents. He is also a co-winner of the Helmholtz Prize awarded in 2003. Highly motivated and with great dedication, Eberhard Rommel has led the physics practical course for students minoring in physics for over 25 years. From 1996 to 2003, he also headed the electronics workshop of the Physics Institute. Furthermore, he participated in the self-administration of JMU for more than eighteen years and stood up for the interests of the scientific staff in the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, in the Senate, in the University Council, in the Commission for Sustainable Development and as Convention Speaker and also as Deputy Speaker of the LWB (Landesverband Wissenschaftler in Bayern). In 2021, he retired as Senior Academic Director.

Prof. Dr. Markus Riederer (2021)

After his studies, he passed through various positions in academia before accepting the call to JMU in 1994, where he has since conducted research and taught as Professor of Botany and Director of the Botanical Garden. He also held a visiting professorship at the Chinese Academy of Sciences between 2012 and 2017. His innovative research on the surface of plants (cuticle) and their interactions with the environment, has received international attention. Markus Riederer has also earned special scientific merits as spokesman for two DFG Collaborative Research Centers and a Bavarian Research Association at JMU and, as founding coordinator of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments from 2006 to 2009, made a decisive contribution to the establishment of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) at JMU and launched the multiple award-winning practice platform LehrLernGarten in the Botanical Garden. In addition, he was extensively involved in JMU as dean, member of the senate and dean of studies and was a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Prof. Dr. Peter Bofinger (2021)

After studying economics and earning his doctorate in Saarbrücken, his path took him via various highly remunerated positions to Würzburg, where he held the chair of economics, money and economic relations until his retirement. Peter Bofinger was instrumental in obtaining an endowed professorship in "Economic Journalism" for the Faculty of Economics, and was actively involved in the JMU Senate and the German Council of Economic Experts. From 2015 to 2019, he was ranked in the TOP 10 of the FAZ ranking of the most influential economists in the German-speaking world and received the Kurt Rothschild Prize for Economic Journalism from the Karl Renner Institute.

Prof. Dr. Marie-Christine Dabauvalle (2020)

Prof. Dr. Dabauvalle has been an adjunct professor at JMU since 1998. She had already been working at the University of Würzburg since 1987, after completing her education up to her doctorate in France. As a member of the examination board at the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), she was awarded the Gold Badge of Honor. She internationalized the profile of the University of Würzburg through her involvement in two Franco-German scientific summits held here. In addition, Prof. Dr. Dabauvalle has made a significant contribution to the equality of women in science through her high level of commitment as University Women's Representative.

Dr. Peter Pfriem (2020)

After studying to become a teacher for elementary schools with a focus on secondary modern schools at the JMU and teaching for several years at the MIttelschule (formerly Hauptschule) Heuchelhof in Würzburg, Dr. Pfriem accepted a (part-time) position as a research assistant at the JMU and was appointed as a permanent civil servant in 2000. The development of the profile subject of the Bavarian secondary school "Didactics of Work Education" is due to his tireless personal commitment - his work significantly expanded the curriculum in terms of content and form, thus adapting it to the requirements of several generations.