Chairperson Wolfgang Wick (left), Heike Solga, Christian Facchi and Ferdi Schütz
Wolfgang Wick (left), a neuro-oncologist at Heidelberg University Hospital, became the new chairman of the German Science and Humanities Council (WR, Wissenschaftsrat) on 1 February 2023. As the 22nd chairman of the science policy advisory body of the federal and state governments, he succeeds Dorothea Wagner, a computer scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
In addition to the election of the new chair, there were also changes at the top of the German Science and Humanities Council's Scientific Commission: Heike Solga, Professor of Sociology at the Free University of Berlin and Director of the Department "Education and Labour Market" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), was elected to succeed Anja Katrin Boßerhoff, Professor of Biochemistry in Erlangen. Ferdi Schüth (right), Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim/Ruhr, was elected Deputy Chair. The future representative of the universities of applied sciences will be Christian Facchi (2nd from right), research professor for embedded and networked systems at the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences.