MFPL: Andrea Barta receives Science Prize of the City of Vienna

We congratulate Andrea Barta who won this year’s Prize for Natural and Technical Sciences of the City of Vienna, endowed with €8,000.

Andrea is a Professor at the Medical University of Vienna and a group leader at MFPL. Her group studies the structure and function of RNA-protein complexes, in particular the splicing of mRNA. Andrea is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences,  of the Austrian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an EMBO member, deputy chair of the senate of the Austrian Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG) as well as member of the Danish research Council for Independent Research. In 1989 she received the Sandoz Prize for Chemistry, and in 2002, she was awarded the UNESCO L'OREAL Special Honor Award for Woman in Science. Andrea is also strongly committed to bringing science closer to the public. In 1997, she co-founded the association dialog <> Gentechnik, which established the Vienna Open Lab, the first hands-on laboratory for the public.

Since 1947, the City of Vienna donates prizes for outstanding performances in the fields of architecture, visual arts, literature, music, journalism, science and public education to a total amount of €96,000 each year. The prizes recognizes the life work of the awardees, which emphasizes the importance of Vienna and Austria as places that cultivate art, science and popular education.

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