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Every two years the Rudolf Schülke Foundation awards the Hygiene Prize and the Hygieia Medal during a festive ceremony.

The Rudolf Schülke Foundation awards the Hygiene Prize biennially to scientists who have achieved remarkable solutions to problems in the area of hygiene, microbiology and preventive medicine.

In 2020 the Hygiene Prize, worth € 15,000,- was awarded to Esther Sib and Alexander Voigt for the work „Antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance genes in biofilms in clinical wastewater networks" and Lukas Wissgrill for the work "Active Surveillance Cultures and Targeted Decolonization Are Associated with Reduced Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Infections in VLBW Infants".

In February 2022, the Rudolf Schülke Foundation presents the next Hygiene Prize. Information on how to take part in the Hygiene-Prize competition 2022 you will find here.

Along with the Hygiene Prize the Foundation awards the Hygieia Medal every two years. This medal is intended to honour those people who have devoted their lives' work to hygiene and microbiology.

2020 the Hygieia Medal was awarded to Professor Ursel Heudorf, Frankfurt, Germany in recognition of her excellent contributions to the field of hygiene in research, theory and practical application.

Hygiene Prize


Hygieia Medal

Hygieia Medaille

Rudolf Schülke Foundation
Robert-Koch-Str. 2
22851 Norderstedt I Germany
Phone: +49 40 52100-562
Fax: +49 40 52100-7562

Andrea Rodewald
Phone: +49 40 52100-562