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Press Release No. 30 | 1 July 2015
Bruckner-Tuderman and Allgöwer Confirmed in DFG Executive Committee

General Assembly elects medical scientist and engineering scientist for another four years

On Wednesday, 1 July 2015, at the annual meeting of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Bochum, the General Assembly of the DFG re-elected Vice-President Professor Dr. Leena Kaarina Bruckner-Tuderman and Vice-President Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Allgöwer for a second term of office. In accordance with the rules on standard terms of office for members of statutory bodies as set out in the DFG's statutes, amended in 2014, this term will last for four years instead of the previous three. The medical scientist and the engineering scientist have been members of the Executive Committee of Germany's largest research funding organisation and the central self-governing organisation of the German research community since 2012.

Leena Kaarina Bruckner-Tuderman is a consultant in dermatology and venerology and clinical director of the Clinic of Dermatology at University Hospital Freiburg. Born in Oulu, Finland in 1952, she studied medicine at the University of Oulu between 1971 and 1976 before obtaining her doctorate there. She completed her habilitation at the University of Zurich in 1989. After working as a professor at the University of Münster and a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School, she accepted a post at the University of Freiburg in 2002.

During her first term as Vice-President, Bruckner-Tuderman worked energetically for better conditions in medical research. As the chair of the Permanent Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research (SCCR), she played an important role in developing basic recommendations in this area as well as being closely involved in the issues of "support for early career physicians in clinical research" and "quality in clinical research". In addition to her work on the SCCR, she was involved in international cooperation between research funding organisations.

Frank Allgöwer directs the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control at the University of Stuttgart. Born in 1962 in Heilbronn, he studied technical cybernetics and applied mathematics at the University of Stuttgart and the University of California, Los Angeles, between 1981 and 1987. After obtaining his doctorate in Stuttgart, he worked for DuPont in Wilmington, USA, as an assistant professor for nonlinear systems at ETH Zurich and as a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Newcastle, Australia.

During his previous term of office, Frank Allgöwer was especially interested in interdisciplinary perspectives. He chairs the DFG's Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize recipient is also a member of the Nominations Committee for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme. Allgöwer also serves as a member of the jury for the DFG's Communicator Award and of the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

Together with DFG President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider, who was also confirmed in office for another four years by the General Assembly, in addition to Bruckner-Tuderman and Allgöwer the other Vice-Presidents on the Executive Committee are molecular biologist Professor Dr. Katja Becker, physicist Professor Dr. Wolfgang Ertmer, biochemist Professor Dr. Michael Famulok, historian Professor Dr. Peter Funke, mathematician Professor Dr. Marlis Hochbruck and jurist Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schön. The President of the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, Professor Dr. Andreas Barner, has an advisory role on the Executive Committee by virtue of his office. The Secretary General of the DFG also participates in meetings of the Executive Committee in an advisory capacity. Together with the President, the Executive Committee develops the strategic and conceptual orientation of the DFG. It also prepares the resolutions of the Senate and Joint Committee unless these decisions relate to funding.

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