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18 May 2016

Klement Tockner is elected as new President of Austrian Science Fund

Klement Tockner, Director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) at the Freie Universität Berlin, was elected by the FWF Supervisory Board as the new President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) on 17 May 2017. His period of office will be four years.

Prof. Tockner had been selected out of a total of 18 applicants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, following a multi-phase selection pocedure. The other two candidates in the final hearing before the Supervisory Board were Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis (Johannes Kepler University Linz) and Walter Berka (University of Salzburg).

Prof. Tockner studied zoology and botany at the University of Vienna, where he received his doctorate in 1993. Following postings to Rwanda, Uganda, Japan, Italy, Switzerland and the US, he then became titular professor at the ETH Zurich, and in 2007 joined the IGB and the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2012, Prof. Tockner became a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and in 2015 member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

In a first reaction to his election, Klement Tockner emphasised the importance of the Austrian Science Fund for scientific excellence in Austria and said that he considers it his main mission to strengthen the FWF both ideationally and materially.

The newly elected FWF Vice-Presidents are Ellen L. Zechner from the University of Graz, Gregor Weihs from the University of Innsbruck, and Gerlinde Mautner from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. On 4 July 2016, the Supervisory Board will appoint a commercial vice-president to complete the new Presidium team.

For more information:

Austrian Science Fund - press release

Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy - press release

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