"Education and Research – Status and Outlooks of the German Science System"


Professor Ferdi Schüth, Vice President of the Max Planck Society


The Lecture

The consistent increase in the number of students at universities and universities of applie science requires regular adjustments to our education and science system. Developments from past years, including the Excellence Initiative, were milestones along the the path to a system, in which German science and academic could reposition itself internationally through the diversified education of its young minds.

The path has not yet come to end, for questions remain: Who will provide funds in the future? What will happen once the Excellence Initiative ends? Where will junior researchers go? Answers can only be found by including all those involved, that is the state, universities, research and research funding institutions, etc, in a dynamic process that guarantees the sustainable promotion of our scientists and the further development of our science system.

The Speaker

  • Born on July 8, 1960 in Warstein, Westphalia
  • Studied chemistry and law at the University of Münster, doctorate at the University of Münster, 1988
  • Postdoc at the Department of Technical Chemistry at the University of Minneapolis, USA, 1988 to 1989
  • Postdoctoral lecture qualification in inorganic chemistry at the University of Mainz, 1995
  • Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Frankfurt am Main, 1995 to 1998
  • Director and scientic member of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, as of 1998
  • Honorary professor at Ruhr University of Bochum, as of 1999
  • Vice-president of the Max Planck Society, as of 2014
  • Member of acatech, Leopoldina, NRW Academy of Science, Humanities, and the Arts; numerous awards and distinctions including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation in 2002 and the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council in 2009; numerous positions and board and committee positions.
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