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Liechtenstein prize 2014 awarded to young scientists

On a ceremonial occasion, Education Minister Dr Aurelia Frick awarded the Research Prize of the Principality of Liechtenstein to three young researchers of the University of Liechtenstein. With a prize fund of CHF 10,000, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding projects. It is designed to motivate highly promising young researchers to opt for scientific careers and to strengthen the principality as a centre for research.


On a ceremonial occasion, Education Minister Dr Aurelia Frick awarded the Research Prize of the Principality of Liechtenstein to three young researchers of the University of Liechtenstein. With a prize fund of CHF 10,000, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding projects. It is designed to motivate highly promising young researchers to opt for scientific careers, to encourage scientific investigation in fields relevant to Liechtenstein and finally to strengthen the principality as a centre for research.  


In her welcoming speech, Education Minister Aurelia Frick emphasised that the encouragement given to young scientists makes a crucial contribution to maintaining the innovative strength that is important for Liechtenstein. Research and development can supply significant impulses for the economic growth and social development of the country.  


From left to right: Rector Klaus Näscher, Dr Sonia Lippe, Stefan Debortoli MSc, Dr Aron Veress, Education Minister Dr Aurelia Frick, Pro-Rector for Research and Transfer Professor Jan vom Brocke and President of the University Council Dr Volker M. Rheinberger.


The prize for 2014 was awarded in equal shares to the following prizewinners: 

- Dr Sonia Lippe for her project thesis entitled ‘Development of a situational project management approach to improve the daily management of European funded projects at the software provider SAP’;

- Stefan Debortoli MSc for his publication entitled ‘Comparing Business Intelligence and Big Data Skills: A Text Mining Study on Job Advertisement’ and

- Dr Aron Veress for his dissertation entitled ‘On the Predictability of Equity Markets’.


 
(Video in German only)


The experts judged that these works showed excellent research quality as well as a large measure of practical relevance. The prizewinners were visibly delighted to be in receipt of an award. Their speeches of thanks were followed by a short presentation of the prizewinning works. 


Thumbnail sketches of the prizewinners


Stefan Debortoli MSc
Stefan Debortoli has been a Scientific Associate and doctoral candidate at the Hilti Chair for Business Process Management since the autumn of 2012. In his dissertation he investigates the ways in which Big Data and/or Big Data Analytics can be used as a new data source and analytic method for research in the field of Information Systems. In this connection he is carrying on research projects both with international academic partners and with regional companies in Liechtenstein. Before starting his research at the Institute for Information Systems, Mr Debortoli had worked in various positions for distinguished firms in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland. Mr Debortoli obtained his MA in IT and Business Process Management and his BA in Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein.



Dr Sonia Lippe
After acquiring a Diploma in Information Systems at the University of Münster, Dr Sonia Lippe completed her doctoral studies at the University of Liechtenstein. Currently she is working as a post-doctoral student at the Hilti Chair for Business Process Management. Her principal research theme is the management of innovation and research projects. Her works have been published in various professional journals, in books and at conferences. Dr Lippe also works as a project consultant at SAP Switzerland, and has already directed several large research projects in this position. Before this she had acquired experience as a research assistant with SAP in Australia, and as a process modeller with Deutsche Telekom [German Telecom].



Dr Aron Veress
After completing a Master of Science degree in Banking and Financial Management, Dr Aron Veress acquired a doctorate from the University of Liechtenstein with his work ‘On the Predictability of Equity Markets’ in 2014. His work on this subject has been published in various international professional journals and at international conferences. Today Dr Veress works in an executive role in the Risk Management department of Loviit AG in Ruggell, Liechtenstein. At the same time he works as a lecturer in Financial Management and Risk Management at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok.