The President

Professor Dr Hans-Christian Pape

Hans-Christian Pape
Hans-Christian Pape

In January 2018, the neurophysiologist Hans-Christian Pape assumed the office of President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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 gained a special reputation for his research on anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, fear and fear memory as well as the processes regulating sleep and wakefulness. In recognition of his work, Pape has won many distinguished research awards such as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Max Planck Research Award, which is granted jointly by the Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society.

In addition to conducting research, Hans-Christian Pape is active both nationally and internationally in a number of advisory and consultative bodies. In 2005, he became a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and from 2011 until 2017, was a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, advising the federal and länder governments on the content-based and structural development of universities, science and research in Germany. In this capacity, he was most recently head of the Scientific Commission and was a periodic member of the Executive Committee. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Selection Commission for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Hans-Christian Pape is married and has two children.