Professor Dr Dorothea Wagner
Since 1 February 2020, the computer scientist Dorothea Wagner, Professor of Algorithms at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has been Chair of the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat, WR). Dr Wagner has been a member of the science policy advisory body since 2015 and was deputy chair of its Scientific Commission from February 2019 to January 2020.
Dr Wagner has held a professorship in computer science at KIT in Karlsruhe since 2003. Her work focuses on the area of tension between the theoretical bases and applications of algorithms. Over the course of her career, Dr Wagner has received numerous honours, most recently 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.
Ministerial Director Thomas May
Thomas May has been Secretary General of the WR since 1 February 2009. Previously, he was Chancellor of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich from 2003 to 2008, held various management positions at the WR from 1995 to 2003, and previously at the German Research Foundation (DFG).