Nominees for the Pioneer in Neuroscience Award
Friedrich G. Barth is an outstanding zoologist and neurobiologist. He has been a driving force behind ANA, bringing together neuroscience communities from Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, and Vienna. He was one of the founding fathers of ANA and significantly strengthened neuroscience within Austria. He is emeritus professor of the University of Vienna where is has been teaching and doing eminent research work in neurobiology of insects. Before his appointment to the University of Vienna in 1987, he was professor of zoology at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität at Frankfurt/Main from. Since 1999, he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Friedrich G. Barth´s research focuses on the analysis of sensory systems and their mechanical and physiological properties in relation to behaviour. In addition, he is especially interested in mechanisms underlying communication of stingless bees serving the recruitment of nestmates.
Sigismund Huck has been a strong catalyst for neuroscience in Austria and a founding father of ANA. He served as ANA president from 1995 to 1997 as well as from 2018 to 2020. Sigismund Huck studied medicine at the Medical School of the University of Vienna, did his medical practice at several Austrian hospitals as well as in Scotland and Ghana. In 1972, he became assistant professor at the Department of Neuropharmacology of the University of Vienna, followed by research fellowships at Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry Munich, and the Columbia University in New York. In 1992 he was appointed to the University of Vienna, later Medical University of Vienna. His prime research interest focuses on the properties and function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in both, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
Sigismund Huck significantly contributed to the positioning of the Austrian neuroscience community within the European neuroscience landscape. He was elected Chairman of the Schools Committee of Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), Chairman of the Program of FENS/IBRO European Neuroscience Schools, and Secretary General of Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) representing ANA and Austrian neuroscience at large.
Wolfgang Klimesch is emeritus professor of psychophysiology at the University of Salzburg. He studied psychology and sociology at the Paris Lodron University. After his habilitation in 1981, he held several guest professorships in Europe and the US. In 1991, he was appointed to the University of Salzburg where he worked with his research team “Oscillations, Brain and Thinking“ on research questions dealing with information theory as well as cognitive processes involved in perception, attention, and memory. He acted as head of the department of physiological psychology at the University in Salzburg.
In 2010, he was awarded the Wilhelm Wundt Medal of the German Psychological Society for his internationally renowned work. He has formidably shaped psychological research in German speaking countries, particularly promulgating research at the interface of biological psychology, psychophysiology, and cognitive psychology.