Members

Chair

Katharina Boele-Woelki
Katharina
Boele-Woelki

Katharina Boele-Woelki is the President of Bucerius Law School, the first private law school in Germany, where she also serves as the Claussen Simon Foundation Professor of Comparative Law. Until September 2015, she was Professor of Private International Law, Comparative Law and Family Law at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and Extraordinary Professor for Legal Research at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She established the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF). She is member and board member of various professional associations and institutions, such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and serves on editorial boards for Global, European and South African law journals, book series and open access platforms. In 2014, she was elected president of the International Academy of Comparative Law. She taught at the Hague Academy for International Law and was awarded honorary doctorates from Uppsala University, the University of Lausanne and the University of Antwerp, as well as the Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Co-Chair

Ulrike Hahn
Ulrike Hahn

Ulrike Hahn first qualified as a lawyer, passing both her 1st and 2nd State Law Examinations in the state of Bavaria, Germany, before taking a Masters in Cognitive Science and Natural Language at the University of Edinburgh. This was followed by a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University on the topic of rules and similarity in categorization. Upon completion of her doctorate, she joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick as a lecturer, moving on after two years to the School of Psychology at Cardiff University where she remained for 14 years. Since 2012 she has been at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she also serves as director of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling. Ulrike Hahn’s research interests are categorization, similarity, language and language acquisition, and, first and foremost, questions of human rationality. Her research examines human judgment, decision-making, and the rationality of everyday argument. She is presently particularly interested in the role of perceived source reliability for our beliefs, including our beliefs as parts of larger communicative social networks. Ulrike Hahn is presently a member of the Senior Editorial Board of “Topics in Cognitive Science” and an Action Editor for Frontiers in Cognitive Science and for Frontiers in Social Psychology. She also served as an Action Editor for “Psychonomic Bulletin & Review” from 2008-2012, and as a consulting editor for Psychological Review from 2009-2010. She was awarded the Cognitive Section Prize by the British Psychological Society, the Kerstin Hesselgren Professorship by the Swedish Research Council, and the Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Members

Yitzhak Apeloig
Yitzhak Apeloig

Yitzhak Apeloig is the former president of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received his B.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University before joining Technion in 1976, where he is currently a Distinguished Professor, holds the Nahum Guzik Distinguished Academic Chair and is a co-director of the Lise Meitner Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry. Yitzhak Apeloig is a world-leader in organosilicon chemistry and in the application of quantum mechanics theory to chemistry. He has published widely, was a visiting professor at universities on four continents and has presented some 200 invited lectures at international conferences, universities and in industry. He has received many awards, among them the ACS Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry, the Israel Chemical Society Prize, the Humboldt Research Award, the JSPS Visiting Professor Award, and Technion Awards for Academic Excellence, Excellence in Research and Excellence in Teaching. He is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of Academia Europaea, and holds an honorary doctorate from TU Berlin and the Order of Merit (First Degree) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Joseph S. Francisco
Joseph S. Francisco

Joseph S. Francisco is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Following undergraduate studies at the University of Texas and a PhD in Chemical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he spent two years at the University of Cambridge and returned to MIT as a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow. Until 2014, he was the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry at Purdue University. After that, he became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and held the Elmer H. and Ruby M. Cordes Chair in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska an Lincoln. Using laser spectroscopy and computational chemistry methods, his research focuses on understanding, at a molecular level, chemical processes occurring in the atmosphere. It covers the fields of atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, laser photochemistry and spectroscopy. Dr. Francisco served on editorial and advisory boards for renowned journals and received prestigious awards and fellowships from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Sloan and the Guggenheim Foundations, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. A Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences, he also holds a Humboldt Research Award and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Joachim Herz
Joachim Herz

Joachim Herz is the Thomas O. and Cinda Hicks Family Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He studied at the University of Heidelberg, where he also completed his doctoral thesis in Pharmacology. After graduating from Medical School in 1983, he practiced medicine as a surgical resident in Germany and England before joining the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. He moved on to the laboratory of Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1989 and joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular Genetics at UTSW in 1991, where was named full professor in 1998 and the Thomas O. and Cinda Hicks Family Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research in 2002. He is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Among his numerous awards and honors are fellowships from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and EMBL, being selected as a Syntex Scholar, the Lucille P. Markey Scholar Award, the Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Heinrich-Wieland Prize for Excellence in Lipid Research, and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health.

Guinevere Kauffmann
Guinevere Kauffmann

Guinevere Kauffmann is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany. Following her undergraduate years in South Africa, she obtained her doctorate at Cambridge University. After a postdoctoral stay as a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr Kauffmann moved to Munich, where she has been a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics since 1995, most recently as the leader of a group studying galaxy evolution.

Dr. Kauffmann is known for her pioneering work to develop theoretical models for the formation and evolution of the galaxy population as a whole. She has also played a leading role in devising analysis methods for extracting quantitative information about the physical processes driving galaxy evolution from the observational data provided by modern large-scale surveys, notably the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, but also smaller, specially designed surveys, which she and her team have carried out themselves.

Dr. Kauffmann was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the most prestigious prize in German research, by the German Research Foundation. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the US National Academy of Science. In 2010, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany for her services to science.

Sharon Jeanette Macdonald
Sharon Jeanette
Macdonald

Sharon Jeanette Macdonald completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1987 and subsequently spent time at Brunel University in London and Keele University near Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK. In 1996, Macdonald became a lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where she was appointed to a professorship in cultural anthropology in 2002. From there, she moved to the University of Manchester in 2006 and, finally, in 2012, to a prestigious Anniversary Professorship at the University of York. In the context of a Humboldt Research Fellowship, Macdonald conducted research in Germany on a number of occasions between 2000 and 2007, at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2011, she was a visiting professor at Peking University. Macdonald is a member of diverse specialist associations, including the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a member of the editorial boards of journals such as the International Journal of Heritage Studies. In October 2015 she took up her position as a Humboldt Professor in Berlin.

Liqiu Meng
Liqiu Meng

Liqiu Meng is a Professor of Cartography at the Technische Universität München (TUM). She served as the Senior Vice-President for International Alliances and Alumni of TUM from 2008 to 2014 and as Senator of the Helmholtz Association from 2009 to 2012. Following studies of geodetic engineering in China, she completed her doctorate and a postdoc at the University of Hannover in Germany before moving to Sweden to teach and to work as a consultant while finishing her habilitation in the field of geoinformatics. She is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. She serves on university councils at Aalto University in Finland and at Tongji University in China, the Senate of the German Aerospace Center DLR, and on the Boards of Trustees at the German Research Centre of Geosciences GFZ and several Max Planck Institutes.

Pape
Hans-Christian Pape

Having originally read biology, Hans-Christian Pape took a doctorate in biology and medical neuroscience at the University of Essen in 1986. He was subsequently awarded a fellowship abroad by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and became a postdoctoral researcher in the United States, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at Yale University. In 1992, Hans-Christian Pape completed his habilitation in physiology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and from 1994 to 2004, was a professor and director of the Institute of Physiology at the University of Magdeburg. He then moved to the University of Münster where he has been the head of the Medical Faculty’s Institute of Neurophysiology ever since. Hans-Christian Pape is a leading expert in the neurophysiological foundations of emotional behaviour. He has won many distinguished research awards such as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Max Planck Research Award. In addition to conducting research, Hans-Christian Pape is active both nationally and internationally in a number of advisory and consultative bodies. In January 2018, he assumed the office of President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Daya Reddy
Daya Reddy

Daya Reddy holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Following undergraduate studies in civil engineering at UCT, a Ph.D. at Cambridge University, and a postdoctoral year at University College London, he returned to a lectureship at UCT, subsequently being appointed Professor of Applied Mathematics. He later served a seven-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Science. Professor Reddy’s research interests lie in mathematical modelling, analysis and computation in mechanics. He has made significant contributions to the theory of inelastic material behavior, cardiovascular biomechanics, and the development of stable computational approximations. He has served as President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and is currently president of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC), and co-chair of the research branch of the InterAcademy Partnership, a global network of national academies of science and health sciences. Daya Reddy has received the Award for Research Distinction of the South African Mathematical Society, and the national Order of Mapungubwe. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Computational Mechanics, and a recipient of the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Ljubiša Stanković
Ljubiša Stanković

Ljubiša Stanković  was born in Montenegro in 1960. He received a B.Sc. degree in Electric Engineering from the University of Montenegro with an award for “best student at the University”, an M.Sc. degree in Communications from the University of Belgrade and a Ph.D. in Theory of Electromagnetic Waves from the University of Montenegro. As a Fulbright grantee, he spent the academic year 1984-1985 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA. Since 1982, he has been on the faculty at the University of Montenegro, where he has been a full professor since 1995. In 1997-1999, he was on leave at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. At the beginning of 2001, he was at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as a visiting professor. He was vice-president of Montenegro 1989-90 and member of the Parliament of Yugoslavia, 1992-1996. During the period of 2003-2008, he was Rector of the University of Montenegro. He was Ambassador of Montenegro to the UK, Ireland and Iceland in the period 2011-2015. His current research interests are in signal processing. He published about 350 technical papers, about 150 of them in the leading journals. Professor Stanković received the highest state award of Montenegro in 1997 and 2015, for scientific achievements. He has been a member of the National Academy of Science and Arts of Montenegro (CANU) since 1996 and is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Raimo Väyrynen
Raimo Väyrynen

Raimo Väyrynen, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and the University of Helsinki, has published extensively on international peace and security, international political economy, and the theory and history of international relations. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University and the University of Minnesota as well as a Fulbright scholar at MIT and a visiting fellow at Harvard University. His most recent books include The Waning of Major War: Theories and Debates (2007) and Towards Nuclear Zero (2010). He has led the Tampere Peace Research Institute, the International Peace Research Association, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Finnish Institute for International Affairs and was President of the Academy of Finland. Globally sought-after as an expert advisor, he has served on top-level boards and committees for – among others – the United Nations University, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute, the European Union Research Advisory Board, the European Science Foundation, and the European Research Council.

Gerhard Wolf
Gerhard Wolf

Gerhard Wolf is scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (since 2003). He received his PhD degree in art history from the University of Heidelberg 1989, and completed his habilitation in Berlin in 1994. He held the chair of art history at Trier University from 1998 to 2003. His numerous guest professorships took him to Paris (EHESS), to Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana), Vienna, Basel, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Jerusalem, Mendrisio, Harvard University, Lugano, Chicago University, Istanbul (Boğaziçi University), Delhi (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Zuerich (Heinrich Wölfflin Lectures). Since 2008 he has been honorary professor at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat, since 2013). Gerhard Wolf has curated various exhibitions worldwide. He is co-director of a fellowship program with the Statal Museums Berlin. He has served on boards and commissions for the European Science Foundation, European Research Council, German Research Foundation, Getty Center, Einstein Foundation, Minerva Foundation, and others.

Jie Zhang
Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang is the former President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). As President of SJTU (2006-2017) he brought vitality, creativity and passion to the university. By taking on a global view he has become a most respected educator in China with a world-wide impact. Under this leadership, SJTU made remarkable progress on its way to a world-class university. The reforms at SJTU were taken as a model for future universities across the world [Nature 514 (2014) 295]. In 2017, he became the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Jie Zhang is a prominent laser-plasma physicist. He works on laser-plasma physics and high energy density physics. He has made outstanding contributions to the development of soft X-ray lasers, the generation of hot electrons in laser plasmas in connection with inertial confinement fusion (ICF), and to lab simulations of astrophysical processes with laser-produced plasmas. In 2015, he was awarded the Edward Teller Medal, the most prestigious prize in the field of ICF and high energy density physics, by the American Nuclear Society, for his significant contributions to the understanding of hot electrons in laser-plasmas relevant to ICF and the successful reproduction of some astrophysical processes using high-power lasers. He was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2012, Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2011, Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in 2008, member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003.

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