Prof. Dr Volker Mosbrugger

“Our impact on the planet is substantial and continues to grow. Climate change, disappearing biodiversity and the overexploitation of natural resources are just a few of the problematic developments. The global challenge for Earth and environmental research at the Helmholtz Association is to provide the knowledge of systems and applications needed to secure the foundations of life for the growing world population in a sustainable fashion over the long term.”

Professor Dr. Volker Mosbrugger is senator of the Helmholtz Association for the Research Field “Earth and Environment”. He is director general of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung in Frankfurt am Main. Mosbrugger studied biology and chemistry at Freiburg University and marine biology at the University of Montpellier, and attained his PhD at Freiburg University in 1983. In 1989 he qualified as a university lecturer (Habilitation) at Bonn University’s Institute of Palaeontology. He was appointed to the chair for Palaeontology at Tübingen University the following year, an appointment which included the directorship of the institute’s Museum for Geology and Palaeontology.

In the course of his research activities in Tübingen, Mosbrugger received the Leibniz Award of the DFG and was awarded an honorary professorship at Jilin University (PR of China) in 2001 and an honorary doctorate at the University of Lyon in 2005. Since 2005 he holds the chair for Historical Geology and Palaeontology at the University of Frankfurt am Main and is the director of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum. He became director general of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung in 2009. Mosbrugger is an elected member of a wide variety of science organizations such as the German Academy of Natural Scientists, Leopoldina and the German Academy of Science and Engineering; acatech. He is currently scientific vice-president of the Leibniz Association and scientific coordinator of the LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre BiK-F in Frankfurt. Prior to being appointed to the Helmholtz Senate in 2012, Professor Mosbrugger served as the permanent member of the Helmholtz Senate Commission for the Research Field “Earth and Environment”.

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