The Otto Warburg Medal is awarded to scientists who have made first-class, internationally recognized contributions in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. The focus is on outstanding personalities who enjoy an excellent reputation extending far beyond their specialist field and beyond their particular country of origin.
The Otto Warburg Medal has been awarded regularly since 1973 by a panel of experts from the ranks of the GBM.
Every GBM member is entitled to propose a nominee to the Executive Board of the GBM. The Executive Board of the society deliberates in a closed meeting on the candidates nominated for the prize.
The annual award ceremony is held in public, alternating between the Fall Conference of the GBM and the Mosbach Colloquium in Spring.