The Simmet Prize is a memorial award honouring the lifetime and legacy of Dr. Ludwig Simmet, founder of Minitube. He was a straightforward man who demonstrated that an industry can be formed and influenced through integrity and perseverance. With this prize, active research scientists are recognized for their outstanding basic and applied research in the area of assisted reproduction of animals.
A trust established by the Simmet Family enables the ICAR to recognize the outstanding achievements of dedicated scientists doing basic and/or applied research in the field of assisted animal reproduction with their work having been published during the previous six years. The Simmet Prize is endowed with 50.000 Euro, sponsored by Minitube International.
In 2008, the Simmet Prize for Assisted Reproduction was awarded for the first time at the International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) to the Italian scientist, Dr. Cesare Galli. The 2012 recipient of the Simmet Prize for Assisted Reproduction was Dr. R. John Aitken who currently teaches at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The worthy prize-winner in 2016 was Prof. Katrin Hinrichs from the Texas A&M university.
The Simmet Prize will continue to be awarded every four years at future ICAR meetings; the next one will be held in 2020 in Bologna, Italy.