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A Selection of Awards and Honors

The excellence of our cluster is also reflected in the numerous prestigious scientific awards and funding programs with which our researchers have already been honored. They have received ERC Grants, various awards from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize as well as the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award. In addition, numerous publications have been honored with Distinguished Paper Awards.

A selection of our cluster's awards and honors can be found here.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

Preisverleihung an Eike Kiltz

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The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, awarded by the German Research Foundation, honors outstanding researchers who have early on demonstrated excellent fundamental achievements in their fields and are expected to significantly shape the research landscape in Germany. The prize, endowed with 2.5 million euros, is considered the most important research funding award in Germany. CASA researcher Eike Kiltz is awarded the Leibniz Prize in 2024.

News Article on the Announcement of the Award Winners

News Article on the Award Ceremony

Funding by the European Research Council (ERC)

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ERC Advanced Grant:
This funding is designated for active researchers who have made outstanding research contributions in the last 10 years.
Recipients include:

ERC Consolidator Grant:
This funding is intended for researchers with 7 to 12 years of experience since completing their PhD, a promising scientific track record, and an excellent research proposal.
Recipients include:

ERC Starting Grant:
This funding is aimed at researchers who have accumulated 2 to 7 years of experience since their PhD, demonstrate a promising scientific career, and present an outstanding research project.
Recipients include:

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Scientific Awards and Funding Programs of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

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The awards of the German Research Foundation recognize outstanding research achievements:

Heisenberg Program
The Heisenberg Professorships of the DFG allow qualified researchers to prepare for an academic leadership position. Gregor Leander received this funding in 2015.

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize
The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize recognizes outstanding research achievements in the early stages of a career, providing further incentive for exceptional scientific work. Giulio Malavolta was honored with the prize in 2023.

Emmy Noether Program
The Emmy Noether Program provides exceptionally qualified young researchers the opportunity to qualify for a university professorship through independent leadership of a junior research group over a period of six years. Since 2023, the DFG has been supporting the Emmy Noether group led by research group leader Pascal Sasdrich with his project "COMPUTER-AIDED VERIFICATION OF PHYSICAL SECURITY PROPERTIES (CAVE)."

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

Eike Kiltz. Copyright: CASA, Caroline Schreer

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award is one of the most generously funded German science awards, enabling the honored researchers to conduct scientific work under unique conditions. For a period of five years, they can independently and without administrative constraints carry out their own research project at an institute of their choice in Germany, and establish their own research groups. In 2010, Eike Kiltz received the award, endowed with 1.65 million euros.

Awards and Funding by the Horst Görtz Foundation

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

The winners of the first prize of the German IT Security Award 2022 are Pascal Sasdrich, Amir Moradi, and Nicolai Müller (from the left). Copyright: HGI, Schwettmann

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

Axel Schölmerich, M. Angela Sasse and Horst Görtz (from the left). Copyright: RUB, Marquard

The German IT Security Award

Since 2006, the Horst Görtz Foundation has been honoring the most innovative cybersecurity solutions in Germany with the German IT Security Award. The award comes with a total prize money of 160,000 euros. Various CASA members have received the award in recent years:

Endowed Professorships

Thanks to the generous donation from entrepreneur Horst Görtz, in 1999/2000, the two endowed professorships of Christof Paar (Embedded Security) and Hans Dobbertin (Cryptography) were established in 1999/2000. These professorships laid the foundation for the successful development of IT security in Bochum. Additionally, in 2018, M. Angela Sasse was awarded the Horst Görtz Endowed Professorship for her outstanding research in the field of Human-Centered Security.

Awards for Papers



  • Best Paper Award: Leander et al., “Improved Differential-Linear Attacks with Applications to ARX Ciphers“, CRYPTO
  • Best Paper Award: Paar et al., "The Unpatchable Silicon: A Full Break of the Bitstream Encryption of Xilinx 7-Series FPGAs", USENIX Security
  • Test of Time Award: Cha et al., "Measuring User Influence in Twitter: The Million Follower Fallacy", International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media


  • Best Paper Award: Schwenk et al., " From a Formal Model to the Automatic Evaluation of Cross-Site Leaks in Web Browsers", ACM CCS




Further Honors and Memberships

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

Peter Schwabe and Eike Kiltz. Copyright: RUB, Michael Schwettmann

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

Christof Paar and Mayor Thomas Eiskirch. Copyright: Presse- und Informationsamt der Stadt Bochum

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

M. Angela Sasse. Copyright: CASA, Caroline Schreer

Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries

Pascal Sasdrich. Copyright: Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste / Bettina Engel-Albustin 2023

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

With their submitted encryption algorithms CRYSTALS-KYBER and CRYSTALS-DILITHIUM, CASA researchers Eike Kiltz and Peter Schwabe have won the global NIST standardization process for post-quantum cryptography in 2022. This means that encryption methods developed in Bochum, which even quantum computers cannot break, will become the standard in the USA and worldwide.
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Honorary Ring of the City of Bochum

For over 50 years, the City Council has been awarding the "Honorary Ring of the City of Bochum." This honors individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment and contribute significantly to the city. In addition to continuous engagement, the recipients' values, principles, and benevolent critical engagement with society in their respective fields are also considered. Since 2021, Christof Paar is also among the recipients of the Honorary Ring.
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National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

The German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina, founded in 1652 and now known as the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, comprises approximately 1,600 members from various scientific disciplines. Its mission is to represent German science internationally and provide advice to politics and the public. Christof Paar and M. Angela Sasse are among the members of the Leopoldina (2019 & 2023).


North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts

The members of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste) engage in dialogue with politics, business, culture, as well as scientific institutions both nationally and internationally. Only outstanding researchers and artists are admitted. M. Angela Sasse was elected to the Academy in 2021.
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Young Academy of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Membership in the Young Academy (Junges Kolleg) is a significant recognition for young scholars and artists in North Rhine-Westphalia. Fellows receive an annual grant of 10,000 euros for up to four years, providing them with the freedom to pursue their own research or artistic endeavors. The prerequisite for membership is outstanding academic achievements at a North Rhine-Westphalian university or research institution. Tim Güneysu was admitted to the Young Academy in January 2015, Pascal Sasdrich in January 2024.
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