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The Werner-von-Siemens-Ring is one of the highest German scientific and technical awards and has been awarded by the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation since 1916.

Living people are honored regardless of their office, position or rank if they have promoted the technical sciences through their work or, as representatives of science, have opened up new avenues for technology through their research.

The Board of Trustees of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation decides on the award of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring. It has only been awarded once to a woman: in 1993 to Eveline Gottzein.

The festive handover of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring takes place on December 13th, Werner von Siemens’s birthday .

The Werner von Siemens ring is set with emeralds and rubies, which depict bay leaves and fruits, and is kept in an artistically designed case with the portrait of Werner von Siemens on the outside and a dedication by the winner.

Ring bearer

Werner von Siemens Ring Foundation

The Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation was founded on December 13, 1916 on the occasion of Werner von Siemens' 100th birthday under the name Siemens-Ring-Stiftung . It is a foundation under civil law with legal capacity and is based in Berlin.

In 1964 the foundation was renamed from Siemens-Ring-Stiftung to the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation . Since then, the Siemens ring has been called the Werner von Siemens ring .

The management and personnel support of the foundation was carried out by the German Association of Technical and Scientific Associations (DVT) until mid-2016 .

Former German President Joachim Gauck is the foundation's patron.

Foundation purpose

The purpose of the foundation is to promote the natural sciences and technology (technical sciences) by fostering memory of significant achievements in these areas, in particular by teaching and encouraging the next generation in technology and science.

Board of Trustees

The Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation has a Board of Trustees made up of:


According to the statutes, the executive chairman of the foundation board is the president of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Joachim Ullrich .

Eveline Gottzein is currently the elected deputy chairwoman .

Special representative

Jan Fischer-Wolfarth is a special representative of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation.

Promotion of young talent

The Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation honors talented young scientists and engineers and supports them in developing and implementing their own thematic events to promote technical sciences.

The Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation publishes the research contributions of the young scientists. The contributions deal with current research work in a wide variety of technical-scientific disciplines.



  • Dieter Kind, Walter Mühe: Natural scientist and designer of technology. The bearers of the Werner-von-Siemens-Ring and their achievements for science and technology. VDI-Verlag, Düsseldorf 1989, ISBN 3-18-400946-7 .
  • Rainer Scharf: Brief portraits of the ring bearers , Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt , January 2018 ( online PDF 1.2 MB )
  • Werner-von-Siemens-Ring Foundation (Ed.): Excellent Research Contributions 2013 - Fascination Technology and Natural Science VDE-Verlag, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-8007-3911-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Werner-von-Siemens-Ring for two bridge builders between industry and research. In: presseportal.de. Retrieved August 7, 2018 .