Chaim Weizmann Lectureship

Chaim Weizmann Lectureship is founded at end of 2009 with the idea to promote chemistry and the standpoint of the Department of Chemistry in Fribourg. It consists of inviting a well-known personality from the area of Chemistry for a lecture to Fribourg for ca. 2-5 days. The guest speaker will have the opportunity to discuss with members of the University community and to visit Fribourg and its region. Furthermore, the Lecturer will receive his or her nomination as Fribourg Chaim Weizmann Lecturer during a gala event. The lectureship is sponsored.


2019: Randy Schekman for the Discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.

2018Erwin Neher for the Discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells.

2017: Felicitas Pauss for her outstanding work with particle physics at the high-energy frontier and astrophysics.

2016: Rolf Zinkernagel for his innovative work in the immune system and the recognition of virus-infected cells.

2015Alan Heeger for his discovery and the development of conductive polymers. Besides the Nobel Prize in 2000, he won the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in 1983 and the Balzan Prize in 1995.

2014: Werner Arber for his pioneering research on epigenetics.

2013: Dan Shechtman for his outstanding discovery of quasicrystals. This discovery revolutionized the definition of the word “crystal”.

2012: Carl Djerassi for his pioneering work in the development of the oral contraceptive pills, which enormously influenced our society.

2010: Jean-Marie Lehn, for his ground-breaking and still on-going developments in theconcepts of supramolecular chemistry.

2009: Ada E. Yonath,  for her outstanding contributions in the elucidation of the structure and reactivity of the ribosome by initiating ribosomal crystallography. In addition, she has some parallels with the scientific career of Chaim Weizmann.


Upcoming Lectureship: 


To be announced