The Schlenk Lecture and Prize

from left to right : Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht (former CEO of BASF and Honorary Senator (Ehrensenator) of the University of Tübingen), Prof. Dr. Bernd Engler(Rector, University of Tübingen), Prof. Warren Piers (first Schlenk Lecturer, University of Calgary), Cornelia Schlenk (granddaughter of Wilhelm Schlenk), Prof. Dr. Thomas T. Tidwell (University of Toronto), Prof. Dr. Dieter Jahn (BASF, Science Relations and Innovation Management), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rosenstiel (Dean of Faculty of Science, University of Tübingen).

In memory of the seminal work and research of Wilhelm Schlenk in Tübingen, the institute of Inorganic Chemistry founded the "Schlenk-Lecture" in cooperation with BASF SE in 2011. It consists of a visiting professorship of one month at the University of Tübingen and a ceremonial lecture about the awardees research. 

Biannually, the Schlenk-Lecture selection committee, chaired by Prof. Dr. Reiner Anwander, awards the Schlenk lecturership for outstanding research and contribution to the large field of metalorganic chemistry.
The first awardee is Prof. Dr. Warren E. Piers from the University of Calgary/Canada.