Gisela Anton is an excellent example how extraordinary teaching and outstanding research can be combined; a role model of the educational idea of Humboldt if you like. The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz award laureate 1994, started her academic career in Bonn, where she also received her PhD as well as habilitation. In 1995 she accepted a professorship at the university of Erlangen where she has been one of the founding members of the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP). Her career included working on the ELSA particle accelerator, designing the Amadeus detector as well as equipping the neutrino telescope ANTARES with acoustic sensors, but also applying physics for medical purposes.
Besides her innovative teaching including individually project-based lab courses she organises for 10 years regularly research weekends and weeks for high school students to support their interest in science beyond school – just like a sports club supports the interest of pupils beyond the school physical education. Her further awards range from the German Cross of the Order of Federal Merit to the price for good teaching of the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.