The winners of the Günter Thiele Prize for excellent theses of the year 2021 are Björn Borchardt (B.A.) and Jeanne Link (M.A.). The award ceremony took place digitally during the LPRS Forum on April 16, 2021.
The Günter Thiele Foundation as a part of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany) aims to promote teaching and research in Communication Management, Public Relations, and Strategic Communication. It also works to support the next generation of researchers in these areas. In 2005 it officially became a legally independent, non-profit foundation and succeeded the Stiftung zur Förderung der PR-Wissenschaft an der Universität Leipzig (SPRL). The foundation is named after its co-founder and honorary chairman Günter F. Thiele, who has been supporting research in the field of Public Relations in Germany since the 1990s. The foundation is based at the University of Leipzig.
The latest initiative of the Günter Thiele Foundation is the Center for Research in Financial Communication (CRiFC).The central aims of the CRiFC are to create a reliable, scientifically proven basis for research in the field of Financial Communication and to actively participate in the teaching and training of future professionals. The CRiFC also focuses on building international networks between researchers and regularly initiates exchange between corporations and the financial community. The CRiFC is the first university research initiative in the field of Financial Communication and therefore reflects its growing importance.
Another objective of the Günter Thiele Foundation is to further internationalize the department of Public Relations and Communication Management at the University of Leipzig. For several years there have been exchange programs with partner universities in Ohio (USA) and in Hong Kong. During exchanges to partner universities, students and research associates get the chance to learn about local research and teaching and to experience campus life first-hand. They are also able to discuss recent developments in Communication Management from an international perspective and work jointly on research projects.
The Günter Thiele Foundation funds historical PR research including the Projects pr-museum.de and the PR Archive. The website pr-museum.de is currently under construction and will offer an interactive overview of the history of Public Relations and Communication Management in Germany. The PR Archive is located in Leipzig and its collection includes historical publications, the latest scientific literature as well as a collection of Bachelor and Master theses written by students at the University of Leipzig.