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Berlin Research Award for Education Sociologist Heike Solga

Director at WZB and Professor at Freie Universität Recognized for Achievements in Addressing Societal Challenges

№ 022/2014 from Jan 22, 2014

Education sociologist Prof. Dr. Heike Solga from the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and Freie Universität was awarded this year’s Berlin Research Award from the Governing Mayor of Berlin. The research award, amounting to 40,000 euros was presented to Solga, a director at WZB and professor at Freie Universität’s Institute of Sociology, in a ceremony on Wednesday evening at the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall) in Berlin. Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit praised Solga for her outstanding contributions to solving problems in the business sector and society. The Junior Research Award went to the environmental economist Jadwiga R. Ziolkowska of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Wowereit said both award winners represent the excellence of social science research in Berlin.

Solga's research focuses on the causes of social inequality and on society’s possibilities for removing such inequalities, for example, through educational measures and labor market policy. Solga is the director of the research area at WZB devoted to education, work, and life chances. She completed her university education in Berlin at Humboldt-Universität, before German reunification. Beginning in 1992 she worked for many years at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. In 2005 Solga was appointed to a professorship at the University of Göttingen, and in 2008 she accepted an appointment as a professor at the Institute of Sociology at Freie Universität. Her main research focus is work, the labor market, and employment.

Professor Solga has been a visiting professor at Yale University and ETH Zürich, to name just two. Continually seeking new possibilities for interdisciplinary research on education, she is involved in numerous collaborative research groups as well as academic and social bodies. She is the co-editor of the Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie.

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Prof. Dr. Heike Solga, WZB and Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 25491-171, Email: