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Press Release No. 41 | 4 July 2007
DFG Senate Becomes More Feminine

Four of the eight new posts go to women scientists

The most important political body of Germany's largest research funding organisation will have more female members from now on. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) elected eight new members to its Senate at its General Assembly in Bonn today. Four of the newly created seats went to women scientists. This brings the number of women amongst the 39 members of the Senate to eleven, two more than before the new appointments.

The following eight members have been elected to the Senate for an initial term of three years: Professor Regine Eckhardt, linguistics, University of Göttingen; Professor Wolfgang Ertmer, experimental physics, University of Hannover; Professor Norbert P. Haas, accident 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 were re-elected for a second three-year term of office. 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 (WZB).

The following people retired from the Senate following two consecutive terms of office: Professor Axel Haverich, operative 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. The Senate attends to matters of general concern in research, promotes cooperation in research, and advises governments, parliaments and public authorities on scientific and academic matters. Through the establishment of Priority Programmes and Research Units it sets the course for research planning. The Senate has 39 scientific members, 36 of whom 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 of the Senate. 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.

Further Information

A list of the members of the Senate and further information is available online from