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Dr Annabell Zander wins prestigious German PhD Prize

Posted on 6 September 2023

Annabell has been awarded the Johannes Zilkens PhD Prize for the best thesis in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Germany.

Annabell Zander, stood smiling in the York Museum Gardens.

The prize is awarded annually and is hosted by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (which, together with WRoCAH - AHRC, co-funded Annabell's PhD).

The jury voted unanimously for Annabell's thesis, commenting that, “this thesis develops an excellent argument around the complex human-environment interactions at the end of the last Ice Age”.

The selection of the winning thesis was based on academic merit and innovative ideas. The award was accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize, and a video portrait, showcasing Annabell's research.

Annabell's thesis (completed at York in 2021, supervised by Prof Nicky Milner) was entitled, “'Lost in Transition' - Tracing human responses to climatic and environmental change in the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in north-western Europe”