Senate Commissions

The Senate Commissions convene under the chairmanship of the Helmholtz Association President, Prof. Dr Otmar D. Wiestler.

Permanent Members*

Research Field Energy: Professor Wolfram Münch, Head of Research and Innovation, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Karlsruhe

Research Field Earth and Environment: Professor Monika Sester, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Leibniz University Hannover

Research Field Health: N.N.

Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport: John Lewis, Director - Strategy & Business Development, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, Darmstadt

Research Field Key Technologies: N.N.

Research Field Matter:  Prof. Dr Gisela Anton, Chair of Experimental Physics, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg

Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research: Ulrich Schüller, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn

Representatives of the Federal States:

Dr Simone Schwanitz, Ministry of Science, Research and Art of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart

Dr Beate Wieland, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf

*The permanent members belong to all six Senate Commissions.

Senate Commission Research Field Energy

Senate Representatives:

  • Dr Siegfried Dais, Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, Stuttgart
  • Hildegard Müller (Chief Operating Officer Grid & Infrastructure, innogy SE, Essen)

Federal Government Representative:

  • Dr Frank Heidrich, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

Senate Commission Research Field Earth and Environment

Senate Representatives:

  • Prof. Dr. Günter Blöschl, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
  • Professor Volker Mosbrugger, Director of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Nature Museum, Frankfurt

Federal Government Representative:

  • Wilfried Kraus, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn

Senate Commission Research Field Health

Senate Representatives:

  • Professor Wolfgang Plischke , Former Board Member of Bayer AG and Head of Bayer Healthcare
  • Professor Sabine Werner, Professor of Cell Biology, Institute of Molecular Health Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Federal Government Representative:

  • Bärbel Brumme-Bothe, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin

Senate Commission Research Field Aeronautics, Space and Transport

Senate Representatives:

  • Dr Heike Hanagarth, former Head of Technology and Environment Division, Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin

  • Prof. Dr Jürgen Klenner, former Senior Vice-President Structure & Flight Physics, Airbus

Federal Government Representative:

  • Holger Schlienkamp, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

Senate Commission Research Field Matter

Senate Representatives:

  • Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, President, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, Bad Honnef
  • Professor Joël Mesot, Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland

    Federal Government Representative:
  • Dr Volkmar Dietz, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn

Senate Commission Research Field Key Technologies

Senate Representatives:

  • Prof. Dr Monika Henzinger (Professor of Computer Science, University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Prof. Dr Dierk Raabe (Executive Director, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf)

Federal Government Representative:

  • Dr Herbert Zeisel, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Bonn
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