Excellent research always requires excellent technical and administrative support to create the best working environment possible for the researchers. That is why the Helmholtz Association introduced the Helmholtz Apprenticeship Award in 2015, including prize money of 2.200 euros. The award is meant to honor outstanding achievements by trainees from one of the 18 Helmholtz centres which support scientific research.
Annemarie Meinck and Lea Järke have received the Helmholtz Apprenticeship Award 2018. The two 21-year-old prospective biology laboratory assistants convinced the jury members from science and industry with their "celandine project". They took second place, endowed with 700 euros. In their project, they have investigated the antiseptic effect of the poppy plant in more detail and thus consolidated the importance of natural substances for drug research, as established at the HZI, from the point of view of laboratory technicians. The award was presented on 17 April 2018 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin.
In 2016, the HZI trainee group of Andrea Ahlers got second place. They were awarded for their video project titled "working safely with biological agents" that deals with S1 and S2 laboratories.