Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer is senator of the Helmholtz Association for the Research Field Matter and former Director General of CERN.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer studied physics at Stuttgart University and obtained his PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 1977. From 1977 to 1983, he experimented at the storage rings at DESY in Hamburg. In 1984, he moved to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, where he worked at the OPAL experiment and was spokesperson of the OPAL collaboration from 1994 to 1998. In 1998, Rolf-Dieter Heuer took up the offer of a full professorship for experimental physics at the University of Hamburg and worked at DESY on preparations for the electron-positron linear collider ILC (International Linear Collider). In 2004, he was appointed DESY's Research Director for particle and astroparticle physics. He strengthened the links to the Universities through the Helmholtz-Alliance "Physics at the Terascale" as well as the links to CERN. Rolf-Dieter Heuer was Director-General of CERN from January 2009 until December 2015. From April 2016 to April 2018 he was President of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and since then, Vice-President.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer is a member of several academies of science in Europe, in particular of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and is honorary member of the European Physical Society. He is designated President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). Rolf-Dieter Heuer is also one of the seven members of the High Level Group of scientific advisors to the European Commission's new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), which was launched in November 2015.