11 Jul 2007   |   News

New members for DFG’s Senate

Germany’s largest research funding organisation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, elected eight new members to its Senate at its general assembly in Bonn.

The DFG’s head office in Bonn. Image courtesy DFG.

Germany’s largest research funding organisation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), elected eight new members to its Senate at its general assembly in Bonn.

Four of the newly created seats went to women scientists, bringing the number of women among the 39 members to 11, two more than previously.

The new members elected to the Senate for an initial term of three years are: Professor Regine Eckhardt, linguistics, University of Göttingen; Professor Wolfgang Ertmer, experimental physics, University of Hannover; Professor Norbert P. Haas, Accident and Emergency surgery, Charité Berlin; Professor Reinhold Kliegl, psychology, University of Potsdam; Professor Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus, physical chemistry, University of Bielefeld; Professor Shalini Randeria, social and cultural anthropology, University of Zurich; Professor Erich R. Reinhard, information technology, Siemens Medical Solutions, Erlangen; Professor Angelika M. Vollmar, pharmaceutical biology, University of Munich.

Four members re-elected for a second three-year term of office are: Professor Peter M. Herzig, geosciences, IFM-Geomar/University of Kiel; Professor Wolfgang Marquardt, chemical engineering, RWTH Aachen; Professor Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, literature and literary sciences, University of Münster; Professor Michael Zürn, political sciences, Social Science Research Center Berlin.

The following retired from the Senate following two consecutive terms of office: Professor Axel Haverich, medicine, MHH Hannover; Professor Birgitt Hoffmann, non-European cultures, University of Bamberg; Professor Paul Leiderer, physics, University of Konstanz; Professor Martin Lohse, pharmacology/physiology, University of Konstanz; Professor Marga Reis, philology, University of Tübingen; Professor Frank Rösler, psychology, University of Marburg; Professor Günter Stock; BBAW Berlin; Professor Jürgen Troe, physical chemistry, University of Göttingen.

The Senate is the statutory body of the DFG responsible for science policy. It oversees matters of general concern in research, promotes collaboration, and advises governments, parliaments and public authorities on scientific and academic matters.

Through the Priority Programmes and Research Units it sets the course for research planning. Of the Senate’s 39 scientific members, 36 are elected by the General Assembly. The President of the Association of Universities and Other Higher Education Institutions in Germany, the Chairman of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and the President of the Max Planck Society are ex officio members. The presidents of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres and the Fraunhofer Society, and the Chairman of the German Science Council are permanent guest members.

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