Dr. Enno Aufderheide

The Secretary General

On 1 July 2010, Enno Aufderheide became the new Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation. From 2006 to 2010, he was head of the Research Policy and External Relations Department at the Max Planck Society in Munich where he played a key role in the Society’s internationalisation strategy. From December 2008 onwards, he also took on responsibility for managing the Minerva Foundation for the promotion of German-Israeli academic cooperation.

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From 1988 to 1999, Enno Aufderheide held various positions at the German Aerospace Centre before moving to Cologne in 1999 to become head of the Research Department at the German Council of Science and Humanities. In 2002, he was appointed as executive director of the “Science” Section at the Helmholtz Association. From 2005 to 2006, he was a mentor in the Network Mentoring Programme for prospective women managers. He is and was a member of various national and international committees for the promotion of science and is the author of numerous academic and science policy publications. The distinctions he has received for his work include the Kussmaul Medal which he was awarded by the German Society for Rheumatology in 2009.

Enno Aufderheide is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation. He studied biology at the universities of Bielefeld and Bonn and was also a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA. He worked on his doctoral dissertation at the Max Planck Society’s Friedrich Miescher Laboratory and was awarded a doctorate by Tübingen University in 1988.

Enno Aufderheide was born in Bochum in 1958. He is married and has three daughters.

Selected publications

  • Ten scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals between 1987 and 1993 (including Cell, Journal of Cell Biology)
  • Various articles on science policy topics (for example, in the magazine “Wissenschaftsmanagement”)