Professor Edgar Erdfelder holds the Chair of Cognition and Individual Difference at the University of Mannheim. With both his dedication and his outstanding scientific expertise as well as his ability to inspire enthusiasm for the subject matter, he convinced the jury and the Executive Committee of the DGPs as a “great role model for the next generation of researchers”. According to the jury, his work is characterized by his appreciative support of individual needs, both in professional and personal matters. Erdfelder promotes independence in the development and implementation of ideas as well as in academic networking. The fact that more than a dozen of his mentees hold a professorship themselves today, underlines the success of his work. For his commitment, Erdfelder is awarded the Martin Irle Prize of the German Psychological Society.
The range of positions that Erdfelder has held or is holding demonstrates the extent to which the promotion of budding researchers is the focus of his work: Erdfelder was dean for student affairs, Academic Director, and spokesperson for a graduate school, he was committed to an inter-university DFG graduate school and has been Vice President for Research and Early-Stage Researchers at the University of Mannheim since 2018. With his own research achievements, Erdfelder also made important contributions to science. The G*Power program, which he co-developed, is used all over the world for power analyses in research.
The prize was awarded on 16 September 2020 during a virtual meeting of the German Psychological Society.
Martin Irle Prize of the German Psychological Society
The Martin Irle Prize honors psychological scientists who have particularly encouraged students, doctoral candidates, and habilitation candidates to pursue an academic career in psychology.