The Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) met in Erlangen in July

On 7th July 2023 the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) met in Erlangen under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckel, Director General of the Deutsches Museum.

The members of the board are charged with strengthening the connection between science and the public, as well as acting as intermediaries communicating the quality of the institute’s fundamental research to the outside world. The Board of Trustees consists of a constellation of renowned representatives of science, society and the economy. At this year’s meeting the board was informed about the subjects currently under research and the goings on of institute life, as well as being presented with the results of the evaluation for 2019-2022.  The board members were informed about the swift progress made on the construction of the new Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin (MPZPM). In the subsequent discussion, there was agreement that the new center, at the intersection of the scientific disciplines of physics and medicine, not only represents the pursuit of a completely new approach to interdisciplinary research, but also benefits Erlangen as a scientific hub and the broader Erlangen-Nuremberg metropolitan region considerably. The challenge now is to convey the immense significance of the center to the public.

An overview of all members of the Board of Trustees can be found here.

Photo (@Susanne Viezens, MPL): from top left to bottom right
Prof. Dr. Klaus L. WÜBBENHORST (Managing Partner WB Consult GmbH), Prof. Dr. Heinrich v. PIERER (Managing Director Pierer-Consulting GmbH), Dr. Michael WEINHOLD (Head of Technology and Innovation Siemens Smart Infrastructure), Dr. Hans SCHLEICHER (former Deputy Chairman of the Board LfA Förderbank Bayern), Prof. Dr. Florian MARQUARDT (Director of the Theory Department at MPL), Prof. Dr.- Ing. Erich R. REINHARDT (former Chairman of the Board Medical Valley), Prof. Gerd LEUCHS (Founding Director and Head of an Emeritus Research Group at MPL), Anke EVERTZ representing Dr. Sabine JAROTHE, Mdin (Head of Office of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy), Prof. Vahid SANDOGHDAR, PhD (Director of the Department of Nano-optics at MPL & MPZPM and Executive Director at MPL), Dr. Dorothe BURGGRAF (Head of Administration and Infrastructure at MPL), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. HECKL (Director General of Deutsches Museum and Chairman of the Board of Trustees), Verena OSGYAN, MdL (Stell. Fraktionvorsitzende, Spokeswoman for Science and Higher Education Policy Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Prof. Dr. Jochen GUCK (Director of the Department of Biological Optomechanics at MPL & MPZPM and Speaker MPZPM).



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