Awards & grants

“The winner takes it all!” Not just the members of ABBA, but also many students and graduates at FHWS know it. Ambition and hard work are frequently honoured with an award. We present a select series of prize-winners and their projects to you here. Some of the foundations which support FHWS are also presented. Without these foundations, these prizes would probably not have been achieved.

Three design students honoured for poster ideas

39 students in the Faculty of Visual Design at FHWS worked on how to motivate teacher training students to participate in a stay abroad. In the end, three of them were honoured: Luca Bettinger with his “From Germany to World” design (500 euros of prize money), Jakob Weber with his “Travel” poster series (200 euros of prize money) and Magdalena Soetebeer with her “Wanderlust?” project (200 euros of prize money). The Pädagogische Austauschdienst (educational exchange service, PAD) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (KMK) Bonn called for the poster competition. This provides grants in the form of a foreign language assistance programme which is primarily aimed at teacher training students.

The posters should be displayed during the course of the next KMK session in Bonn in the former tram depot. FHWS will also present the exhibits in the summer at Sanderheinrichsleitenweg in Würzburg.

Award-winning FHWS designers

The work of Julia Seitz and Anna Ficker (Faculty of Visual Design) won an award in the “Best Use of Creative Technology/Digital Services” category in the “Annual Multimedia Digital Talents Award 2021” competition. Projects relating to the pandemic were submitted this year. Anna Ficker impressed with her “Global Health” project. Her interactive infographic shows the efficiency of the healthcare system in a country in comparison with other countries. Julia Seitz created an online tool called “Can’t touch this”. This shows how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive on various surfaces such as copper, cardboard, plastic, steel and in the air under the influence of temperature and humidity.

The “AM Award”, which has been given out since 1998, gives students and young creatives the opportunity to present their project work, bachelor's theses or master's theses.

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 © Julia Seitz

Higher Education Teaching Certificate Awarded

Prof. Dr. Christian Kraus (Faculty of Business and Engineering) and Prof. Dr. Martin Storath (Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities) received the Bavarian Higher Education Teaching Certificate from the Center of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (DiZ) due to their voluntary commitment. The certificate awarded by the DiZ, which covers at least 120 units of work and therefore at least 18 days of continuing education, covers the five topic areas of teaching and learning concepts, presentations and communication, testing, reflection and evaluation, and advice and support. The two professors completed this in their free time. A total of 31 lecturers at FHWS have now received this recognition.

The certificate was developed in 2006 by the members of the “ProfiLehre” (professional teaching) expert committee which is made up of higher education teaching and learning experts from Bavarian higher education institutions and the DiZ. The DiZ, with its headquarters in Ingolstadt, has set itself the goal of continually improving and developing teaching and learning at universities of applied sciences. 

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Honoured for the best poster design

Lars Schrodberger, student in the Faculty of Visual Design, was honoured for his poster on the theme of “exchange educates”. This was evaluated by the 100 Beste Plakate e.V. (100 best posters) association. The work was the result of a collaborative project with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (educational exchange service) during the course of a technical internship at the FHWS Faculty of Visual Design. The aim: to motivate teacher training students to participate in a stay abroad as foreign language assistants through attractive posters.

600 participants took part in the competition with a total of 1,973 posters. The "100 best posters of the year – Germany Austria Switzerland” competition is considered to be one of the most important institutions in modern poster design. The 100 Beste Plakate e.V. association is committed to composition, graphics, design and the graphic arts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Best video award for IDEE Institute

Researchers at the FHWS Institute of Digital Engineering (IDEE) have won the best video award at the international Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) conference. In the InKoMo (interactive, collaborative assembly of complex components) project, professors Dr Tobias Kaupp and Dr Jan Schmitt and master's students Andreas Hillenbrand and Philipp Kranz are researching how people, robots and assistance systems can work together as well as possible in assembly. Precisely this was captured in a project video. In terms of content, it is about having people and robots assemble complex components together in an intelligent workplace and additionally supporting this process through an interactive projection system as an assistant.

HRI is a leading global robotics conference which is jointly organised by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Award for outstanding international students

FHWS student Shruti Pradhan from India has received the “DAAD award for outstanding international students”. The award, with a 1,000 euro prize, went to the Business and Engineering student on the basis of her excellent academic performance and her involvement in student life at FHWS. The student expressed her gratitude for the award in a festive setting at the online Christmas party for international first semester students on 15 December 2020.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports international collaboration with government funding. Every year, therefore, the DAAD provides higher education institutions with funds to award a prize to outstanding international students.

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Excellent design made in Würzburg

The Art Directors Club (ADC) honoured FHWS as the fourth best training institution for young talent in the creative industry. Every year, the ADC establishes an overview of the most creative higher education institutions in the German-speaking world on the basis of the most successful work from students, juniors and graduates which was submitted during the course of the young talent competitions for the past three years. As a result, the ranking results are based on the total number of prize-winning works and the number of points thus achieved. FHWS achieved around 60 points.

The ADC is a professional association of leading art directors from the advertising industry. The ADC was founded in New York in 1920 with the aim of improving quality in advertising and providing guidance for young talent. More information on the pages of ADC.

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Kulturpreis Bayern 2020 (Bavarian Culture Prize 2020) goes to an FHWS graduate

The graduate Marcel Krenz, Brand and Media Management degree programme, was honoured with the Kulturpreis Bayern 2020 in the science category. In his master's thesis, he examined how brands are integrated into the sales strategy for products through virtual assistants, such as Alexa or Siri, in households for marketing purposes. Here, he listed six areas of application through which branded products can differentiate themselves from the competition through speakers.
The prize is awarded by Bayernwerk and, since 2005, in collaboration with the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art. Bayernwerk has been committed to cultural and scientific engagement since 1959 and recognises this with the Kulturpreis Bayern.
All prize winners receive a bronze statue which was designed by the Schwandorf-based sculptor Peter Mayer. The winners also receive a cash prize which, in the field of art, is 5,000 euros each. In the field of science, this is 2,000 euros each. While an expert jury selects the five art prize winners, the Bavarian State higher education institutions nominate their best graduates and doctoral candidates. The Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art also honours one artist with a special prize.
We would like to congratulate Marcel Krenz on this outstanding award!

 © Marcel Krenz

Prize for outstanding teaching

Prof. Dr. Achim Förster, professor in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, received an award from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art for outstanding teaching. The FHWS professor was one of two lecturers from among more than 3,000 professors to be honoured with an individual prize in 2020.
The nomination was submitted at the suggestion of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences. In his nomination, the students praised the close link between fundamental legal knowledge and practical application. Courses are characterised by a dialogue between the lecturer and students and reference was always made to practice and to the non-legal course content.
The Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art has awarded the prize for outstanding teaching to Bavarian universities of applied sciences since 2008. The prize is awarded every two years in the form of individual and project prizes and of a comprehensive evaluation by an eight-person jury.
We would like to express our warm congratulations on this award!
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Best final thesis honoured with the ALLOD Werkstoff Prize

The graduate Michael Beck (Product Development and Systems Design master’s programme) received the 2020 ALLOD Werkstoff Prize for his master's thesis. The graduate constructed and engineered an “entropy rocker” which visualises the entropy/elasticity of elastomer materials. Entropy is one of the fundamental thermodynamic state variables which play a key role in many technical applications. The rocker therefore shows in a striking manner how stretched rubber samples can contract during heating. The entropy rocker can be seen at the following link.
The award, with a one thousand euro prize, is given out every year by ALLOD Werkstoff GmbH in Burgbernheim to the students who produce the best final theses in the field of plastics and rubber engineering. The award ceremony has now taken place for the eleventh time.
We would like to congratulate Michael Beck on this award!


Group photo (from the right:) Kurt Gebert (Managing Director of ALLOD Werkstoff GmbH), Michael Beck (prize winner) and Professor Dr. V. Herrmann (supervisor) (© FHWS / S. Frosch)

Kurt Gebert (Managing Director of ALLOD Werkstoff GmbH), Michael Beck (prize winner) and Professor Dr. V. Herrmann (supervisor)
Image of the entropy rocker

Apple Design Award for best game won

Master's graduate Philipp Stollenmayer won the “Apple Design Award 2020” in the games category for his game “Song of Bloom”. The master's graduate from the Information Design degree programme was one of just eight app and game developers selected from around the world to be honoured for their app design, innovation, imagination and technical implementation.
“Song of Bloom” is a unique game with a non-linear story full of clever puzzles, according to the jury for the Apple Design Award. Here, players explore an interactive, modern tale which is recounted in many changing art styles. All prize-winners get a cube with the Apple logo as a symbol of the prize. This logo lights up at a touch.
More than 250 developers have received the award in the past 20 years. The award has had a positive effect on the prize-winners’ careers, so much that they have been able to do pioneering work even within individual apps.
We would like to congratulate Philipp Stollenmayer on this outstanding award!

Fotos: Philipp Stollenmayer

Portrait Philipp Stollenmayer
Screenshot of the App: A pentagram with connected outer nodes over English words
Screenshot of the App: You see a figure staring at a flat dark object. "want attention  ." is written below
Screenshot of the App: You see a list of all the prizes and nominations for prizes

Bachelor's thesis honoured with the Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying / IB-Freisinger Prize

FHWS student Oliver Reuß, Surveying and Geoinformatics degree programme, has received the 2020 IB-Freisinger Prize for his bachelor's thesis. The thesis with the title “Realisation of an interactive augmented reality application for visitors to the Röntgen Memorial Site” was thus recognised as particularly outstanding.
Reuß explains the content of the thesis as follows: first, two exhibits at the Conrad Röntgen Memorial Site, Conrad Röntgen's bust and hands, were photogrammetrically reconstructed. The intermeshed, coloured and thinned out 3D model was then integrated into a mobile app with additional information about the items with the help of a game engine.
The IB-Freisinger Prize has been awarded at a user forum for a particularly good bachelor's thesis on the topic of point cloud processing in recent years. The 12th Geo user forum thus took place this year.
We would like to express our warm congratulations to Oliver Reuß on this award!

Reconstruction of the bust of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen as a thin point cloud

FHWS graduate Oliver Reuß created a reconstruction of the bust of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (from the left) as a thin point cloud, as a polygon mesh and textured model (© Reuß, bachelor's thesis, 2020)

Reconstruction of the bust of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen as a polygon mesh
Reconstruction of the bust of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen as a textured model

Cleaned up twice at the IIID Award

Two FHWS students from the Faculty of Visual Design were able to beat the competition two times over at the 2020 IIID Award (International Institute for Information Design). Michaela Lautenschlager received a gold award for her project “Lucky Island” from the international jury, Annika Kreikenbohm was honoured in bronze with “Virtual Data Cosmos”. Lautenschlager dealt with the invisible light spectrum in her project. In other words, the dangerous part of gamma radiation and the consequences of nuclear accidents. By her own description, she wanted not to downplay the effects of such explosions, but rather to help understand them better. “I therefore used the principle of sonication to make live measurements from monitoring stations in Japan audible,” Lautenschlager explains her project. “Virtual Data Cosmos” by Kreikenbohm, on the other hand, is an interactive data visualisation tool in virtual reality (VR) with which scientists can examine multi-dimensional datasets in the setting of astrophysics. With its help, datasets and processes which would otherwise be beyond the scope of human processing power can be analysed, according to Annika Kreikenbohm. The International Institute for Information Design, with its headquarters in Vienna, has given itself the task of contributing to a better understanding of the human community by means of visual communication. We would like to offer the two winners our warm congratulations on their success!



Glass objects hanging from a concrete slab, on which there are notes with Japanese characters
Michaela Lautenschlager "Lucky island" project
With help of visual communication, datasets and processes which would otherwise be beyond the scope of human processing power can be analysed
Annika Kreikenbohm "Virtual Data Cosmos" project

Prize won for best building design

A house as adaptable as a chameleon: that’s exactly what three master’s students, Theresa Huber, Katharina Burkart and Alisa Knüttel, developed. The three won a total of 1,000 euros for their design from the client St. Bruno-Werk eG Würzburg.
Students on the Integrated Design and Construction master’s programme were given the task, in the form of a collaborative project with FHWS, of designing an administration building on the Würzburg island property at Rotkreuzstraße 2 / Bismarckstraße / Veitshöchheimer Straße. Project development and a feasibility study for a sustainable building using neutral structures was to be carried out using the concept of “Chameleon. Neutral structures for a sustainable building on the Ringpark”. The “Working and living on the park” concept by Huber, Burkart and Knüttel impressed the jury and was thus declared the winning design.
But this collaboration was not the first with St. Bruno Werk. There had previously been a successful collaborative project on Spiegelstraße in which the dimensions and aesthetic of the designs likewise impressed, says Dr. Adolf Bauer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at St. Bruno-Werkes eG Würzburg. Owing to the pandemic, the project was predominantly conducted in a virtual environment.
We would like to offer the three winners our warm congratulations!


Annika Kreikenbohm "Virtual Data Cosmos" project
The winning trio with the master's students (from the left) Theresa Huber, Katharina Burkart and Alisa Knüttel and Adolf Bauer (left), Chairman of the Supervisory Board at St. Bruno-Werkes Würzburg, and Frank Hermann, Managing Director (photo FHWS / Bolza-Schünemann)
Model of the Würzburg inner city area
A model of the Würzburg inner city area shows the previous buildings. (Photo FHWS / BolzaSchünemann)

VDMA honours a young mechanical engineer with the 2019 young talent award for digitalisation

Dominik Weppert, Mechanical Engineering degree programme was one of 4 young prize-winners to be honoured with first prize for the best bachelor's thesis in 2019. In his final thesis, the mechanical engineer dealt with the development of augmented reality assembly instructions for the assembly of a model pick-up truck. An animated demonstration mode was derived for this as a useful assembly aid. The application offers the assembler the possibility of always keeping their hands and eyes on the assembly workplace without having to turn their attention away from it, according to the VDMA.

This is precisely what the jury for the VDMA young talent award considered to be excellence. Dr. Jörg Friedrich, Head of the Development Department at VDMA emphasises: “When higher education institutions and industrial companies work together intensively on digitalisation, it’s a win-win situation for both sides. That’s why we as VDMA Development support the young talent award with our powerhouse initiative”. Students from the fields of engineering and computer science were honoured for the third time. A total of 31 graduates from 20 higher education institution locations throughout Germany were contenders with their bachelor's and master's theses. We are delighted for Dominik Weppert!

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 (© Dominik Weppert)

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