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13. 06. 12
Minister Dr. Theresia Bauer to Acknowledge Prof. Michael M. Resch as „Visionary Thinker“

On Thursday, May 31, HLRS was honored with the visit of  Dr. Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg. Reason for Minister Bauer’s call was to present Prof. Michael M. Resch, Director of HLRS, with the „Visionary Thinker“ award. Prof. Resch’s project „High Performance Computing Addressing Key Problems of Our Time“ had been chosen earlier among 500 visionary ideas submitted in a state wide competition, called “Die Übermorgenmacher”.

In recompense for being chosen as „Visionary Thinker“, each awardee was given the opportunity to publicly introduce his project and was granted one wish to be fulfilled by the State of Baden-Württemberg. Guidelines for this one wish were: a) must be reasonable, b) must not exceed € 1000 in expenses, and c) must be related to the “Visionary Thinker Project”. Mr. Resch’s request was a comparatively easy one to meet: He asked for Minister Bauer to take ample time and meet with and talk to HLRS employees in order to learn what their (scientific) work is all about, comprehend their general ideas and concerns and hear out their expectations from the government.

Minister Bauer complied with Prof. Resch’s wish and spent a good two hours at HLRS. When she eventually left the premises, Minister Bauer had been given a comprehensive overview of HLRS and had engaged herself in meeting and interacting with the people who are behind the scientific project works and all the “visionary ideas” flourishing at HLRS.

See also: Official Press-Release by Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg