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New President for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation welcomes its new President! The chemist Robert Schlögl assumed office as the Foundation’s President at the beginning of 2023.

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Robert Schlögl: Video introduction on his research and role as President of the Humboldt Foundation

Robert Schlögl is an internationally recognised and well-connected scientist whose research focuses on energy conversion processes and catalysts. His work has contributed to a new understanding of catalytically active materials. An expert on energy systems of the future and the complex challenges of the energy transition, he is also an experienced and sought-after figure in political consultancy and science communication.

After studying chemistry and gaining his doctorate in Munich, Robert Schlögl initially worked as a postdoc in Cambridge and then in Basel before completing his habilitation in Berlin. He taught and conducted research as a professor of inorganic chemistry at Goethe University Frankfurt, was founding director and, subsequently, the managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr from 2011 to 2022 and is director of the Fritz Haber Institute in the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

In addition to conducting research, Robert Schlögl is active both nationally and internationally in a number of advisory and consultative bodies. He is Vice-President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London, and a member of several other academies. He has been and still is involved in three DFG-funded clusters of excellence and Collaborative Research Centres as well as numerous EU collaborative projects. Schlögl is chairman of the advisory board for the Kopernikus projects, which are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and drive research for the energy transition. He has played a significant role in bringing together the natural sciences and social sciences in this area. Schlögl is an honorary professor at TU Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as at the Universities of Bochum und Duisburg-Essen. He has received numerous awards, including the Eni Award in the Energy Transition category.

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Press Photo: Robert Schlögl is the new President of the Humboldt Foundation

Robert Schlögl has been associated with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for many years: from 2010 to 2019, he was a member of the Committee for the Allocation of Humboldt Research Awards and has repeatedly acted as an academic host for individuals sponsored by the Foundation.

Robert Schlögl was nominated by an international appointments committee and his nomination as new President of the Foundation was approved unanimously by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock appointed him to this office for a period of five years starting on 1 January 2023.

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