The NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management announces the "Hauke Trinks Award" in recognition of the memory and values of Prof. Hauke Trinks, the founding father of the NIT. With this award, the NIT wants to draw the attention of students at Hamburg universities to the life and work of Prof. Hauke Trinks.

The prize is intended to honor graduates of Bachelor's degree programs at Hamburg universities and colleges in science, technology, engineering and mathematic related studies (STEM) who have achieved outstanding results in their final thesis and have demonstrated a high degree of scientific curiosity as well as pursuing original and interdisciplinary approaches to gaining scientific knowledge.

NIT Founding Father: Hauke Trinks

Hauke Trinks (1943 - 2016) studied physics at the University of Bonn and was president of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) between 1993 and 1998. In 1998 he founded the NIT on the campus of TUHH in close cooperation with the Körber Foundation.

He was a passionate sailor with a pronounced affinity for adventure. Thus after his presidency he combined his love for basic research with spending the winter in the ice at Spitzbergen. Although he lived on the island of Utsira in Norway, he continued to remain in close contact with his German homeland.

Hauke Trinks died at the age of 73 on Spitsbergen in Norway.

Application for the Hauke Trinks Award 2019

The Hauke Trinks Award is aimed at students from Hamburg universities and colleges who have submitted their bachelor thesis in a STEM degree program between October 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Prize money

First place € 1,000
Second place € 600
Third place € 400

All applications had been submitted until June 2, 2019. We thank all students who submitted their interesting applications. Our selection committee will choose the winners soon.

Winners of the Hauke Trinks Award 2018

Last year the NIT awarded the Hauke Trinks Award for the first time. we were overwhelmed by the great submissions we received from students and bachelor graduates of various Hamburg universities. In numerous videos and presentations they presented their innovative scientific work.

The three submissions that impressed us the most were awarded the Hauke Trinks Award at the NIT Graduation in autumn 2018. Francesca Meyer (m., TUHH) received the first prize, places 2 and 3 went to Lisa Christin Watter (r.,TUHH) and Niels Röschmann (l., University of Applied Sciences). We congratulate the winners once again and thank all senders for the great videos.


Prof. Otto von Estorff (NIT President), Verena Fritzsche (NIT CEO), Dr. Stephan Scheuner (NIT Program Team), two representatives of the NIT student body


The Hauke Trinks Award 2019 will be awarded at the NIT BBQ on June 20, 2019. We are pleased to personally present the Awards to the winners on this occasion.



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