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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. 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.