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Press Release No. 56 | 26 November 2015
DFG Review Board Election 2015: Preliminary Results Announced

Over 48,600 researchers cast their votes / 613 positions on 48 review boards / 23.5 percent of elected members are women

The 2015 review board election of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has been successfully concluded. Between 2pm on 26 October and 2pm on 23 November 2015, approximately 150,000 eligible researchers had the opportunity to vote online for their preferred candidates for 613 positions on a total of 48 review boards for the period 2016 to 2019. Three days after the end of the four-week voting period, the preliminary results are now available.

In total, 48,604 researchers participated in the electronic voting process, each casting up to six votes to choose among the 1,707 candidates. Of the 613 members of the new review boards, nearly one in four is female. The proportion of elected female members for this election is therefore 23.5%, another increase after 16.8% in the 2007 election and 20.79% in 2011.

After the preliminary results had been calculated, DFG President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider thanked all those who had voted. "The review boards play a central role in the evaluation of research proposals submitted to the DFG. The fact that they are elected by researchers in the relevant fields contributes to the acceptance of funding decisions. So we are grateful to every individual who gave life to this core element of the self-government of the German research system," said the DFG President.

Once the final results have been presented to the Senate of the DFG, the new review boards will meet for the first time in spring 2016.

Further Information

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