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Dorothea Wagner | Chair of the German Science
and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat, WR)

Dorothea Wagner, Chair of the WR since 1 February 2020, has been a member of the body since 2015 and was already Deputy Chair of its Scientific Commission since February 2019.

Dorothea Wagner studied mathematics at RWTH Aachen University, where she also received her doctorate in 1986. After completing her postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation) at the TU Berlin in 1992, she held professorships at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Konstanz. Since 2003, the Trier native has held a professorship in computer science at KIT in Karlsruhe.

Her work focuses on the tension field between the theoretical bases and applications of algorithms. Her current research focuses on algorithms for tackling problems in the transport sector, especially route planning, for optimising energy systems, as well as on algorithms for analysing and visualising network data.

Over the course of her career, Dorothea Wagner has received numerous honours, including the GI Fellowship (2008), the Google-Focused Research Award (2012), the Werner Heisenberg Medal of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of her commitment to international cooperation (2018) and the Konrad Zuse Medal for services to computer science (2019). In 2013 she was admitted to the Academia Europaea, and in 2016 she was elected to acatech – the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. Most recently, Dorothea Wagner was awarded an honorary doctorate from TU Dortmund University in November 2022 for her outstanding achievements in computer science as well as for services to higher education policy.

Dorothea Wagner was Vice-President of the German Research Foundation ­(DFG) from 2007 to 2014 ­and spokesperson of the DFG Review Board for Computer Science from ­2004 to 2007. She has also served on numerous scientific advisory committees, including the Selection Committee for Fellowships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Committee for Research Awards, the Senate Committee for Strategic Projects of the Leibniz Association, the Helmholtz Think Tank and the International Expert Commission of the Elite Network Bavaria.