Roland R. Wauer Award

Fostering the clinical and scientific exchange of medical students and junior trainees

The Roland R. Wauer Award is dedicated to Professor Dr med Roland R. Wauer - Neonatologist, university lecturer, scientist, neonatal advocate, and above all, a passionate Paediatrician. In memory of Prof Dr med Roland R. Wauer, the ESPR and the Deutsche Stiftung Kranke Neugeborene (DSKN) endow the 'Roland R. Wauer Award'.

The 2024 award round is now open. Application deadline is Friday, March 1st, 2024.

  • Roland R. Wauer Award 2024

    With the Roland R. Wauer Award, the ESPR seeks to ensure cutting-edge medical care for premature and sick newborns in the future by fostering the clinical and scientific exchange of medical students and junior trainees in the field of Neonatology.

    Roland R. Wauer Award: In the spirit of his teacher Ingeborg Rapoport, the first professor of Neonatology in Germany, Professor Wauer passed on his knowledge and experiences to his students over the years. He conveyed that respect, curiosity and responsibility for the utilisation of new clinical findings are a high value. A special concern of Prof Dr med Roland Wauer has always been the promotion of young scientists.

    For this reason, the ESPR together with the Deutsche Stiftung Kranke Neugeborene (DSKN) have established the 'Roland R. Wauer Award'.



    Idea: Through the 'Roland R. Wauer Award', the ESPR and DSKN annually enable medical students to spend 1-2 months in a neonatal clinic in Europe that excels in clinical care and strong research.

    When: The stay at the clinical institution should take place in summer/autumn 2024. The exact dates can be agreed individually.

    How: It is expected that the awardees identify, contact and organise their stays with the institutions themselves.

    Financial support: The ESPR and the DSKN support the grant recipient's stays abroad with EUR 1500 each, which will be used for travel and accommodation costs.

    Project monitoring: The grant recipients document their stays by keeping a virtual diary or blog. They are responsible for the logistical part of the stay and must organise travel, accommodation and, if necessary, visas independently.

    Stay at the institution: The fellows have the opportunity to observe the clinical routines of a Neonatology ward in a perinatal centre. The learning objectives and activities can be defined together with the local supervisor according to the level of training and previous knowledge. The ESPR and DSKN deliberately do not set a framework, but encourage the grant recipients to implement their individual ideas during the stay.

  • Application criteria

    Applicants should be enrolled as medical students at a European university.

    You can apply by sending an email with the following documents as PDF to

    - Letter of motivation (1 page)
    - A brief outline of how you would like to share your experience
    - A letter of recommendation from your lecturer/supervisor (if available)
    - Curriculum Vitae

    Evaluation criteria: Be creative. We want to get to know you and learn why you want to spend 1-2 months in a neonatal clinic abroad. Convince us that you are the right person to receive the Roland R. Wauer Award!

    Please contact us at if you have any questions.

    Application Deadline is Friday, March 1st, 2024.

  • Commission of the Roland R. Wauer Award

    Prof Dr Mario Rüdiger
    Dresden University Hospital, GER

    Prof Willem-Pieter de Boode
    Amalia Children's Hospital Nijmegen, NL

    Prof Dr Claudia Roll
    Vestische Child and Youth Clinic Datteln

    Dr Brigitte Wauer
    Paediatrician, Berlin
  • Meet the awardees of the Roland R. Wauer Award 2023

    We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the awardees of 2023!
    Watch their videos below to hear about the countless reasons why you should apply for the Roland R. Wauer Award:

    Sophia Ernst

    Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

    "Thanks to the Roland R. Wauer Award, I am excited to have the opportunity to gain practical experience in neonatology and to get to know new perspectives of research. In particular, I would like to deepen my knowledge in the prevention of cranial deformities."

    Edanur Arslan

    Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

    "In the future, I would like to take part in research on congenital heart diseases in infancy and how to better care for patients. With the support of Roland R. Wauer Award, I believe that, gaining experience at one of the Europe's best Neonatal institutions will be a major step for me to understand the nature of science." 

    Read more about Sophia's stay abroad at the National
    Maternity Hospital in Dublin (IE)
    ➔ via her Instagram account.
     Read more about Edanur's stay abroad at the Southmead Hospital Bristol (UK)
    ➔ via her Instagram account.

    Jameela Somanje

    Acibadem University, School of Medicine, Turkey
    "My interest lies within world class management of prematurity complications such as Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and Necrotizing enterocolitis. Through the RRW-Award, I hope to gain a great understanding of the treatment and prevention of neonatal encephalopathy due to its high prevalence in my country, Malawi."

    Svea Dankwerth

    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
    "In addition to gaining first clinical experiences, I am eager to delve into the world of neonatal research and get inspired for my future path. The study of newborn pathophysiology and development is not only complex and diverse, but also constantly evolving and advancing at the forefront of medical science to improve patient outcomes."
     Read more about Jameela's stay abroad at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital (UK)
    ➔ via her Instagram account.
     Read more about Svea's stay abroad at the Southmead Hospital Bristol (UK)
    ➔ via her Instagram account.
  • About Roland R. Wauer

    Roland Reinhard Wauer was born on 1 January 1942 in Treuenbrietzen, Germany.

    Inspired by Latin lessons at school, Roland Wauer decided to study medicine. He completed his pre-clinical studies in Sofia, Bulgaria, and his clinical studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He began his specialist training in Paediatrics in Zittau, Germany, where he had spent his childhood. His chief physician there, with whom he shared a keen interest in innovation and the development of new equipment, recommended him to Ingeborg Rapoport at the Charité in Berlin, a turning point in Roland Wauer's life.

    In Berlin, he met his wife Brigitte, with whom he had two daughters. His special scientific interest already at this time was the 'perinatal lung', which determined his research focus for many years to come. The Respiratory Function Laboratory for Newborns, which he initiated, was to receive his special attention until the end of his active professional activity as clinic director. The knowledge gained there not only ensured better care for premature and sick newborns, but also flowed into many publications and always stimulated professional exchange. Always open to new ideas and consistent in their implementation, he recognised that joint perinatal care for pregnant women and newborns, with intensive involvement of the parents, was the best way for children to grow up healthy.

    At the end of the 1990s, on his initiative, the first social pedagogue was employed exclusively for parent counselling in neonatal inpatient care in Germany; in 2006, a camera system (Baby-Watch) was successfully installed for the first time at a German neonatal clinic at the Charité - the family should be able to visit the new family member via the internet.

    A key feature of Roland Wauer's personality was his ability to show doctors and scientists the many opportunities for fulfilment in their careers and in research by challenging and encouraging them. As Vice Dean for Young Scientists, he was instrumental in the introduction of junior professorships at the Charité. When his students today look back on their time together with Roland Wauer, the many facets of his professional life have left a deep impression.

    As a teacher, he passed on his knowledge to generations of paediatricians. As a scientist, he taught that curiosity and responsibility for the utilisation of new clinical findings are a valuable asset. As a human being, he always conveyed esteem and respect in dealing with the patients entrusted to him and their parents.

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