SEPS Excellence in Teaching Award Award for the best lecturer in the School of Economics and Political Science Winner of the SEPS Excellence in Teaching Award 2017: Prof. Johannes Binswanger Here are some of the reasons why students from across the SEPS selected Prof. Binswanger as this year’s winner: “His programming courses for Economics are varied, engaging and demanding. Prof. Binswanger’s engagement and enthusiasm are unique and spur his students on to achieve their very best. His interest in students' opinions and the rapid way he implements feedback are also very distinctive.” “Prof. Binswanger has succeeded in presenting the fundamentals of Machine Learning in a way that all could understand, while also equipping students with useful programming skills, which are essential for implementing this knowledge and conducting individual experiments.” Winner of the SEPS Excellence in Teaching Award 2016: Prof. Dennis Gärtner Prof. Gärtner brings the course material to life, teaching in a charismatic, articulate manner and enabling students to move away from reliance on textbook material. He simplifies topics during lectures and adds value to the materials provided, such that attendance is enjoyable and feels truly worthwhile. Furthermore, he is approachable and very transparent in his attitude to exam preparation and other communications, enabling students to fulfil their potential. For these and other reasons he is a worthy winner of the Teaching Award 2016. Winner of the SEPS Excellence in Teaching Award 2015: Prof. Simon Evenett Prof Evenett´s inclusive teaching style incorporates students´ ideas, proposals and comments in developing the taught content, often times by using case examples. Furthermore his passionate teaching style and his use of current research and personal experience made the subjects come to live and increased the students´ intrinsic motivation. His grading design made use of decentral examinations and innovative examination formats such as voice-over-powerpoint presentations. The decentral examinations required students to reflect on the learned knowledge and allowed students to focus on topics of interest. His teaching demonstrated what many SEPS students are looking for in excellent teaching. He is therefore a worthy winner of the first School of Economics and Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award.