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Dr. Julia Binder receives Bavarian Culture Prize for her PhD thesis

© 2017 Manuela Steinemann/Bayernwerk AG

© 2017 Manuela Steinemann/Bayernwerk AG

Dr. Julia Binder, top graduate of the Technical University of Munich, receives Bavarian Culture Prize for her PhD thesis on sustainable entrepreneurship

October 27, 2017

Bavarian Culture Prize for Dr. Julia Binder

Awarded as top graduate of the Technical University of Munich – PhD thesis on sustainable entrepreneurship

Dr. Julia Binder, specialist in sustainable venturing, was awarded the 2017 Bavarian Culture Prize on Thursday evening in Veitshöchheim, Lower Franconia. The 29-year-old native of the Palatinate region receives the award for top graduate of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), for her dissertation on sustainable entrepreneurship. The prize is endowed with 2,000 euro and a bronze statue, the “lightning bolt". The Bayernwerk AG and the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts awarded the prize, rich in tradition, to 38 artists and scientists from all areas of Bavaria.

In her excellent dissertation entitled "Theorizing about Sustainable Entrepreneurship", Dr. Julia Binder examines the economic, social and ecological aspects of development through business start-ups. "For this reason, the work is of high relevance for the further development of the Bavaria region", says TU President Wolfgang Herrmann as he praises the outstanding dissertation of Dr. Julia Binder.

Post Doctoral Researcher in Lausanne

Binder studied marketing and communications in Wiesbaden and Honolulu, Hawaii, after graduating from high school in Frankenthal, Palatinate. In addition to various German state certificates, the 29-year-old holds a Master of Science with Distinction in Marketing from the University of Edinburgh. From January 2013 to February 2017, Binder was a PhD student at the Chair of Corporate Sustainability at the Technical University of Munich. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the prestigious Swiss university École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where she continues her research on sustainable entrepreneurship.

In addition to Dr. Julia Binder and 31 other graduates from Bavarian universities, five artists have been awarded with this year's Bavarian Culture Prize: the cabaret and songwriter Georg Ringsgwandl, the actor Michael von Au, the violinist Veronika Eberle, the sculptor Toni Scheubeck and the jazz pianist Michael Wollny. In addition, the industrial designer Konstantin Grcic was honored by Bavaria's State Secretary Bernd Sibler with a special prize.

On one level with Jonas and Polt

In the Arts category the Bavarian Culture Prize is endowed with 5,000 euro each and in the Science category with 2,000 euro each. In addition, all winners receive the bronze statue "lightning bolt", which was specially created for the award and designed by Schwandorf-born sculptor Peter Mayer, who was awarded the "East-Bavarian Culture Prize" in 1974. The five art prize winners are selected by a specialist jury, the science prize winners from their respective university. The Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts additionally awards a special prize.

The traditional award goes back to the “East-Bavarian Culture Prize”, which was first awarded in 1959. Since then, a network of outstanding artists and cultural workers as well as researchers and teachers has been created around the Culture Prize. Together with the Bavarian Ministry of the Arts, the Bayernwerk has awarded the prize for outstanding achievements in arts and science since 2005. Among the past winners are Bruno Jonas, Gerhard Polt, Sigi Zimmerschied, Frank-Markus Barwasser, Dieter Dorn and Franz Xaver Bogner.

Further information about the Bavaria Culture Prize: www.bayernwerk.de/kulturpreis


Press release written by: Manuel Köppl 

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